Teacher Voices

High school math teacher William Eger argues that there's too much randomness in classrooms for teachers to be evaluated statistically like baseball players. August 27, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher Lothar Konietzko suggests getting to know the cultural identities of students through writing prompts at the beginning of the school year. August 27, 2014 – Teacher

Bright, social-justice-oriented students should not be cavalierly dismissing teaching as an option, writes Margaret Healy. August 20, 2014 – Teacher

Five educators and innovation experts discuss their efforts to help teachers cultivate greater creativity in the classroom (and their lives). August 19, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein found that getting students to learn by performing Shakespeare can be done in a rigorous way. August 13, 2014 – Teacher

Even though states and districts are choking on data, Bernard Fryshman writes, there's still very little understanding of what constitutes great teaching. August 11, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher Brett Bohstedt says that new teachers will quickly learn that nearly anything can happen. He offers suggestions for adapting to life in the classroom. August 5, 2014 – Teacher

Amie Jette, who will begin her teaching career this fall, spent weeks preparing for the edTPA. Here's what she learned. July 29, 2014 – Teacher

For Robert Kolar, the first year of teaching was difficult—but it was also rewarding. He offers some advice to new teachers starting this fall. July 29, 2014 – Teacher

Journalism students know that what they do is important. But according to Jim Streisel, the 2013 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, a student newspaper is really just a byproduct of the learning process. July 23, 2014 – Teacher

Linda Yaron's students traveled to the Department of Education in Washington D.C. to answer one fundamental question: "What does it mean to be a learner?" July 22, 2014 – Teacher

Schools need teachers to take on leadership roles, argues elementary school teacher Anthony Colucci. But those leadership roles are only valuable when they don't stifle teachers' creativity and individuality. July 15, 2014 – Teacher

High school reading teacher Deidra Gammill describes what happened when she decided to put aside one class period a week and let students explore topics of their own interest. July 9, 2014 – Teacher

Cristina Duncan Evans wonders why, with so many education-improvement ideas under discussion, altering summer vacation isn't on the table. July 8, 2014 – Teacher

Social studies teacher Brison Harvey offers some considerations for teachers trying to integrate technology into the classroom. July 2, 2014 – Teacher

When Sophia Faridi visited several schools in Finland, students and teachers seemed happier than students and teachers in the U.S. June 24, 2014 – Teacher

Silvestre Arcos, an award-winning math teacher at KIPP: Washington Heights Middle School, says that bringing technology into his classroom has boosted engagement and given him more flexibility to address students' learning needs. June 18, 2014 – Teacher

Focus on real-world problems. Involve art teachers. Anne Jolly, a former middle school science teacher, breaks down the ideal STEM lesson. June 17, 2014 – Teacher

In Dave Orphal's Intro to Education class, almost all of the assignments are projects. Here's one of them. June 11, 2014 – Teacher

English teacher Vivian Maguire wonders why education decisionmakers don't take teachers' input more seriously. June 10, 2014 – Teacher

When middle school literacy teacher Monica Wilbanks wanted to improve efficiency and collaboration at her school, she created a website. Here's what happened. June 3, 2014 – Teacher

Nancy Barile, a high school language arts teacher, shares some practical tips she learned from a former student about helping seemingly unmotivated students. May 27, 2014 – Teacher

Wendi Pillars offers suggestions to help teachers emerge stronger from burnout experiences. May 20, 2014 – Teacher

Mathematics teachers Zachary Champagne and Michael Flynn look to expand the middle ground in debates over the Common Core State Standards. May 20, 2014 – Teacher

Linda Yaron, a high school teacher in Los Angles, explains how she created two new courses at her school specifically to provide academic, motivational, and socio-economic support networks for students. May 14, 2014 – Teacher

Jessica Keigan, Stephanie Pinkin, and Marcia Powell offer ways that teachers can share their classroom practices and teaching philosophies with students and parents. May 6, 2014 – Teacher

Like the lead characters in Veronica Roth's novel Divergent, teacher leaders seek to change the system and pursue versatile, complex roles, says Cheryl A. Redfield. April 30, 2014 – Teacher

A badass teacher isn't something one is by virtue of membership in a group or by ascribing to a certain set of specific beliefs or behaviors, says teacher Laura Thomas. April 29, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher Kimberly Long offers advice on how to prepare a classroom to handle an unforeseen teacher absence. April 23, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher and writer Lydie Raschka says publishers and schools may be sending kids the wrong message about poetry. April 22, 2014 – Teacher

Professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon extols the virtues of interpretive discussion for enhancing the understanding of curricular material, as opposed to more-restrictive forms of instruction. April 16, 2014 – Teacher

A globally connected workplace will be the norm for this generation of students, writes instructional coach Ben Curran, requiring a unique and deep skill-set that teachers must help students develop. April 15, 2014 – Teacher

Deidra Gammill, a high school English and reading teacher, says her students have become confident and reflective readers, in part by becoming teachers themselves. April 9, 2014 – Teacher

High school language arts teacher Marie Levey-Pabst explains how she got her students to revise their own writing and make their grades more meaningful. April 7, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school language arts teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein explains how she uses real-world research projects to tap students' creativity and engagement. April 2, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school teacher Jody Passanisi says that youth researcher danah boyd's new book dispels many preconceived notions about teens and technology. April 1, 2014 – Teacher

Educator and author Donalyn Miller offers teachers some techniques to create not only avid readers, but lifelong readers. March 26, 2014 – Education Week

Teacher Sandy Merz tries to find what makes students learn best, starting with autonomy over their own learning. March 19, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school language arts teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein offers tips on improving students' on-demand writing skills, which she argues are increasingly needed both on standardized tests and in the workplace. January 29, 2014 – Teacher

Nancy Barile, a high school language arts teacher in Revere, Mass., writes that teachers' passions and past experiences can have a positive impact on their teaching and connections with students. January 22, 2014 – AP

Hillary Greene, a middle school teacher in Massachusetts, reflects on what she's learned from co-authoring a teaching blog with educators from other countries. January 15, 2014 – Teacher

High school English teacher Kim McCready offers three micro-exercises that she's found can help improve students' vocabulary and close-reading skills, even as she attends to beginning-of-class duties. January 15, 2014 – Teacher

William Tolley shares how he has adapted his classroom and approach toward education for modern-day technology. January 9, 2014 – Teacher

Wendi Pillars offers strategies for supporting the language development of diverse-needs students under the Common Core State Standards. January 7, 2014 – Teacher

Teachers can improve class participation and engagement by changing how they react to a student's incorrect answer, educator Brooke McCaffrey says. January 6, 2014 – Teacher

Teachers looking to build on student interests and increase engagement should work on developing these five "teacher strengths," says educator Marcia Powell. December 24, 2013 – Teacher

A high school teacher reflects on some of his early missteps in advocacy and what he's learned about effecting change in his local school community. December 11, 2013 – Teacher

Two middle school teachers contend that smartphones, like computers, are useful tools for instruction that should be harnessed rather than feared. December 10, 2013 – Teacher

As an American teacher in his first year working with 5th grade students in Finland, Tim Walker reflects on the lessons he would bring back to an American classroom. November 26, 2013 – Teacher

Showing film adaptations of texts can be more than just a reward for finishing the reading, says a language arts teacher. It can be a powerful tool for teaching critical analysis. November 20, 2013 – Teacher

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