Teacher Voices

Filling the last month of class can be tricky, but history teacher Brison Harvey has found a way to keep students engaged right through the end of the year: Let students create their own projects. May 19, 2015 – Teacher

Pre-teaching lessons can give struggling students a head start, as well as a crucial opportunity to experience success in the classroom, writes teacher Justin Minkel. May 18, 2015 – Teacher

Testing can be an incredibly useful tool, says teacher Wendi Pillars. She shares three ways teachers and students can embrace testing to improve learning. May 12, 2015 – Teacher

The current approach to standardized testing creates unnecessary work for everyone, writes teacher John Troutman McCrann. He says it's time for a more efficient approach to collecting data. May 6, 2015 – Teacher

For teachers who want to lead their students, their colleagues, and their profession, the Stone Soup folk tale provides an excellent example of effective and collaborative leadership, writes Deidra Gammill. May 5, 2015 – Teacher

Responding to protests and rioting in Baltimore, Gary Hamilton says that teachers need to give students a space to discuss racism and process their emotions. April 29, 2015 – Teacher

Spring cleaning isn't just for the classroom, writes Sandy Merz. He says spring is a great time to get everything organized, from your shelves and files to your thoughts and feelings. April 28, 2015 – Teacher

It's not enough to ask why the teaching profession isn't more diverse, says Christina Berchini. She argues that first, we have to recognize that the education system was created by and for white students and teachers. April 28, 2015 – Teacher

Schools that are led by teachers can be a great option for teachers and students alike, writes Lori Nazareno. Having helped launch one, she shares her advice for teachers who are interested in making their own schools more teacher-powered. April 22, 2015 – Teacher

Justin Minkel says the poor grade given to his school by the state badly misrepresents the students' progress and adds stigma to a community already afflicted by poverty. April 22, 2015 – Teacher

Teaching is as much an emotional investment as it is a mental one, Melissa Witt writes. But there are ways to work through the exhaustion. April 15, 2015 – Teacher

It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the time crunch as a school year winds down, writes Stephanie Pinkin, but there are still ways to put reading back at the center of your classroom. April 14, 2015 – Teacher

Project-based learning doesn't have to stay in the classroom, says middle school teacher Karla Duff, detailing how her students students created a clean-water initiative in their community. April 8, 2015 – Teacher

As she prepares to leave the classroom behind for good, English teacher Rosa Nam asks herself, "Is teaching turning me into a terrible person?" April 7, 2015 – Teacher

As English teacher Linda Yaron prepares to redo her classroom, she recognizes that technology is helpful, but it's more important to pay attention to how the entire space supports learning. April 1, 2015 – Teacher

Handle frustrations and challenges by approaching classroom management as a mystery—complicated and constantly changing—rather than as a straightforward puzzle, advises teacher Larry Ferlazzo. March 24, 2015 – Teacher

When students are motivated by star charts and glitter pencils instead of a love of knowledge, writes Justin Minkel, they stop paying attention to what they're supposed to be learning. March 23, 2015 – Teacher

As more and more education discussions focus on STEM, English teacher Jess Burnquist reflects on the continued importance of literature and creativity in schools. March 18, 2015 – Teacher

For Women's History Month, librarian Chiquita Toure argues that it's time to stop just studying what women have done and start teaching girls about what they can do. March 18, 2015 – Teacher

Sarah Macway, a third-year science teacher, is finally finding her balance as a teacher. She reflects on the lessons she's learned while getting past the rocky start. March 11, 2015 – Teacher

With Digital Learning Day fast approaching, Marcia Powell outlines a simple way for students to work with tech tools and take a closer look at their own digital habits. March 10, 2015 – Teacher

Testing can make a teacher's already-tough job even more stressful. Lori Branham and Julie Hiltz have some tips for holding it together when testing season comes around. March 3, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Jennifer Aponte reflects on the differences between her brother's life and her own and the ways schools have failed boys of color. February 27, 2015 – Teacher

Art doesn't have to be limited to art class—teacher Amanda Koonlaba has three artists whose work can be integrated into other subjects, plus the best ways to get started. February 24, 2015 – Teacher

Teachers often find themselves with too few hours in the day, but Justin Minkel says that there are ways to get the most out of that time. February 24, 2015 – Teacher

Carrie Bakken, a program coordinator and teacher at the Avalon School in St. Paul, Minn., says that working at a teacher-led school gives her a greater sense of autonomy and opportunity. February 18, 2015 – Teacher

Too many good teachers are forced to leave the classroom just because they want new challenges and a sense of advancement, English teacher Paul Barnwell says. February 18, 2015 – Teacher

Teachers trying to attract students to extracurricular activities need to think beyond the morning announcements and pizza parties, writes Kimberly Long. February 18, 2015 – Teacher

The best teachers are those who earn the trust of their students. Rosalie Arndt takes a look at three different teaching personalities and how teachers can transform themselves into "The Real Deal." February 10, 2015 – Teacher

With Valentine's Day approaching, Cindi Rigsbee shares four ways teachers can make room for a little more love in the school day. February 3, 2015 – Teacher

Education leaders are calling for teachers to collect more and more data, but Justin Minkel argues that what really matters is what schools use their data for. January 27, 2015 – Teacher

As a veteran teacher, Carl Draeger jumped at the chance to mentor new teachers. Here are 12 things he wishes he knew when he started. January 27, 2015 – Teacher

One way to help students succeed is by having them set their own goals for the year. Nancy Barile explains how to make these goals as strong as possible. January 20, 2015 – Teacher

It's easy for teachers to find themselves isolated in the classroom. Paul Barnwell has some strategies for getting more involved in the school community and forging connections between colleagues. January 13, 2015 – Teacher

The students who talk the most are often the ones learning the most, says Cossondra George, but it can be hard to get everyone to speak up. Here are her tricks for getting quiet students to raise their voices. January 6, 2015 – Teacher

English teacher and instructional technology coach Brianna Crowley offers practical advice on creating professional learning networks built on intersecting layers of relationships. December 31, 2014 – Teacher

Justin Minkel asks: When many legislators and superintendents have lost sight of the true purpose of education, what chance do kindergartners have? December 30, 2014 – Teacher

In the spirit of the holiday season, Nancy Barile highlights the examples of 12 educators—representative of many others—who've quietly gone the extra mile to ensure that their students get the care and attention they need. December 17, 2014 – Teacher

If teachers could design the schools of the future, what would they look like? Bill Tolley's would embody the principles of human rights. December 10, 2014 – Teacher

The best advice about teaching practices doesn't have to be new—and often, it isn't, educator Eric Sundberg says. December 5, 2014 – Teacher

Creating a plan for students with diverse needs can be challenging, but Cossandra George has some tools and tips for success. December 2, 2014 – Teacher

A great teacher, says Jessica Cuthbertson, steps outside the classroom to share teacher-driven success stories with the public. Cuthbertson says there are opportunities for all teachers to become ambassadors for their profession. November 25, 2014 – Teacher

As proponents of STEM and STEAM face off, Anne Jolly asks what the role of the arts should be in a STEM curriculum and looks at some options for integrating the two disciplines. November 18, 2014 – Teacher

Melinda G. George, president of the National Commission on Teaching and America's future, says that teachers' voices must be heard for educational initiatives to be successful. November 18, 2014 – Teacher

ESL teacher Maura Henry doesn't hate tests—in fact, they help her do her job well. The problem isn't with testing in general, she says, but with bad tests. November 12, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

Standards-based education and student creativity may seem mutually exclusive, but Anthony Colucci argues that teachers can still manage to "C.R.E.A.T.E." in the classroom. November 11, 2014 – Teacher

Heather Bandeen, a U.S. teacher currently working in Norway, says that much is lost in the way U.S. education leaders and policymakers talk about school performance in other countries. November 5, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

Justin Minkel, an elementary teacher in Arkansas, says that a supportive school environment coupled with tailored instructional techniques can help English-language learners make dramatic gains in achievement. November 4, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

Why do schools need to worry about digital literacy if students are growing up surrounded by technology? Brianna Crowley has the answer, plus some resources for teaching digital literacy. October 29, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

To liven up her 6th grade social studies class, Karla Duff turned to the undead, and to project-based learning. October 22, 2014 – Teacher

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