Teacher Voices

When teacher Jennifer Henderson heard about a school censoring a student for discussing being gay, she turned it into a learning opportunity for her own students. October 7, 2015 – Teacher

Don't let rewards and punishments overtake a love for learning as the primary source of student motivation, Justin Minkel writes. October 6, 2015 – Teacher

A professional learning community is not simply a meeting: It is an structured collaborative process. And it works, Rick DuFour and Douglas Reeves argue. October 2, 2015 – Teacher

Could schools benefit from extreme makeovers in facilities, mindsets, or content emphases? Marcia Powell makes the case for doing so, with students, parents, and teachers taking the lead. September 29, 2015 – Teacher

Kim McCready, an instructional coach in English, says that her school has sought to better prepare students for their postsecondary lives by re-focusing on textual complexity and whole-class literary works. September 23, 2015 – Teacher

Christina Berchini says that teachers should use their own childhood experiences of bullying to inform their responses to situations playing out in their classrooms. September 23, 2015 – Teacher

English teacher Cheryl A. Redfield says it is critical for teachers to challenge the human tendency to overgeneralize about students from groups or backgrounds different from their own. September 16, 2015 – Teacher

The classroom is a place to learn, and teachers offer students support for learning. But they cannot force a child to learn, Kimberly Nellist-Ortiz writes. September 11, 2015 – Teacher

One year after implementing social media as a central classroom component, teacher Brianna Crowley and her students reflect on how to improve their efforts. September 9, 2015 – Teacher

Relying on tired beliefs about teaching doesn't help the profession, Sandy Merz writes. He offers suggestions for retooling such clichés. September 1, 2015 – Teacher

Teachers need not be intimidated by administrators when working on collaboration for the future, says teacher mentor Precious Crabtree. August 25, 2015 – Teacher

Fearing she is doing them a disservice, English teacher Sherry Armstrong looks for ways to encourage her shy students without aggravating them. August 19, 2015 – Teacher

In adapting to a school that is collaboratively run by teachers, Kathleen Melville says that she had to "unlearn" many of her past assumptions about teaching and learning. August 18, 2015 – Teacher

"Preparing kids to work together successfully in teams plays a critical role in today's STEM classes," says middle school teacher Anne Jolly. August 11, 2015 – Teacher

Teaching is the profession that makes every other profession possible. It all starts that first day of school, Justin Minkel writes. August 7, 2015 – Teacher

New teachers face many obstacles during their first year on the job. Middle school teacher Cristie Watson draws attention to some major errors to avoid. August 4, 2015 – Teacher

English teacher Brianna Crowley offers tips on adding visual appeal and avoiding soul-killing PowerPoint conventions in your presentations. July 29, 2015 – Teacher

High school English teacher Amy Williams says that the role of gender in K-12 school cultures is too little examined, resulting in missed opportunities for professional growth and instructional nuance. July 21, 2015 – Teacher

The most compelling presenters use effective teaching practices to engage their audience, says teacher Brianna Crowley. July 21, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Anthony Colucci says that, in order for their voices to be heard, teacher leaders need to make their stories interesting and be confident in their skills. July 14, 2015 – Teacher

STEM teaching practice needs to cross into all aspects of education, former teacher and national STEM consultant Jonathan W. Gerlach says. July 10, 2015 – Teacher

David Edwards, deputy general secretary of Education International, reflects on what he learned about education and leadership from National Board President Ron Thorpe, who passed away last week. July 8, 2015 – Teacher

Middle school teacher Karla Duff says a teacher's foray into social media is like a road trip: Filled with roadblocks and learning experiences. July 7, 2015 – Teacher

As an American educator working in Spain, Anna Cherry found that teaching abroad helped her better understand teaching at home. June 23, 2015 – Teacher

Justin Minkel says that remaining with the same group of students for more than one year strengthens student-teacher relationships and has a powerful impact on learning. June 17, 2015 – Teacher

English/language arts teacher Nancy Barile offers 10 pieces of advice on how to relax this summer. June 16, 2015 – Teacher (Web)

English teacher Ryan Tahmaseb managed to get his favorite author on the class reading list and he and his students both learned a lesson about the power of an authentic narrative voice. June 8, 2015 – Teacher (Web)

Second-grade teacher Jessica Rosenthal says that, before teaching lessons and expecting a lot from students, educators need to instruct students in concentrating. June 3, 2015 – Teacher

Special education teacher Gary Hamilton writes about his struggles to own his identity as a gay black educator. June 3, 2015 – Teacher

Jessica Keigan offers advice on joining the world of online writing and expanding your influence as an educator. May 26, 2015 – Teacher

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

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