Teacher Voices

Shared responsibility enables students to regulate their behavior, says Sandy Merz, high-functioning classes are achievable with device integration if managed efficiently. May 9, 2016 – Teacher

Justin Minkel offers a countdown checklist to help teachers manage and make the most of end of the school year. May 3, 2016 – Teacher

Project-based learning can help teachers break down artificial barriers between subject areas, between “hard skills” and “soft skills,” and between the classroom and the real world, Kathleen Melville writes. April 26, 2016 – Teacher

Teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski offer more tips on classroom-discussion activities designed to help English-learners develop their speaking and active-listening skills. April 19, 2016 – Teacher

Meaghan Hanrahan Dobson, an English teacher at an alternative high school, says schools do a disservice to struggling students by denying them opportunities for authentic reading experiences. April 13, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Precious Crabtree argues that unions still have essential role to play in supporting teachers and improving schools April 6, 2016 – Teacher

If you want to know how well your instruction lines up with your values, just take a hard look at how the children you teach spend their hours in your care, writes Justin Minkel. April 5, 2016 – Teacher

For too many educators, says Elizabeth Stein, co-teaching is a cursory act rather than a meaningful experience. But it doesn’t have to be that way. March 30, 2016 – Teacher

Language arts teacher Kathy Thayer explains how teachers at her school tackled new content standards by building a more interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to instruction. March 29, 2016 – Teacher

Language arts teacher Annette Christiansen says that, depending on how they're approached, organized sports can teach students lessons that are transferable to academics. March 22, 2016 – Teacher

Language arts teacher Timothy Dolan shares how taking the time to read to his students became a cornerstone of his teaching. March 22, 2016 – Teacher

Teachers must look beyond paperwork and conventional interventions and try to work with students as individuals, writes Ann Marie Stevens. March 16, 2016 – Teacher

Anne Jolly presents strategies that she believes could improve the quality of STEM lessons and ensure successful learning, while offering guidelines for assessments. March 14, 2016 – Teacher

Teachers Carl Draeger and Daniel Wilson offer advice on enhancing your students’ learning by empowering them to make choices and demonstrate progress. March 8, 2016 – Teacher

Claire Robertson says that teacher-mentors often make the mistake of charging into a classroom to fix a problem without understanding the context or the teacher's real needs. March 8, 2016 – Teacher

Video resources for teachers are abundant, but they often oversimplify the challenges of classroom practice, argue Jean Moon and Sarah Michaels. March 2, 2016 – Teacher

Following her honorable discharge, veteran Nicole Smith turned to teaching and found that the values she acquired while serving paralleled many of the demands of her chosen profession. February 29, 2016 – Teacher

The timing couldn't be more perfect to remind students that black history unfolds before their eyes every day, teacher Gary Hamilton writes. February 26, 2016 – Teacher

Amid the flurry of "Why I'm Quitting" stories, educators who plan to teach for the rest of their careers need to speak up about why they have made that choice, says Justin Minkel. February 24, 2016 – Teacher

Stephanie Pinkin discusses what she learned from aligning her grading to standards instead of assignment—and why she thinks it’s a more holistic method. February 22, 2016 – Teacher

The time has come for policymakers to start creating opportunities for those on the front lines of education to design and run institutions and systems in a way that honors the needs of the learners, argues teacher Nick Tutolo. February 16, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Kimberly Long shares how educators can use students' formative and summative data to make powerful changes in the classroom for a dynamic learning environment. February 10, 2016 – Teacher

While many factors are out of their control, teachers still have a responsibility to try to make students' time in the classroom as enjoyable and meaningful as possible, writes Justin Minkel. February 2, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Marcia Powell discusses three options she believes could help schools move away from the one-size-fits-all factory PD model. February 1, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Karla Duff had never really thought about being away from her classroom for an extended period of time. Then came cancer, and a reckoning. January 26, 2016 – Teacher

Teachers Brianna Crowley and Barry Saide offer advice on developing an empathic mindset in an education culture that doesn’t always value it but desperately needs it. January 20, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Annette Christiansen offers some tips to help students develop as effective writers in the classroom, including emphasis on a variety of writing experiences. January 19, 2016 – Teacher

Learning logs are a way to help demonstrate concrete evidence of learning, but some models need modernization, teacher Bill Tolley writes. January 13, 2016 – Teacher

Students are going to doodle. So teacher Deidra Gammill offers some suggestions and tips for integrating visual notetaking into classroom instruction. January 6, 2016 – Teacher

In their efforts to break down reading skills, many schools have forgotten that for kids to learn to read fluently, they need opportunities to become immersed in books, writes Justin Minkel. December 29, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Amanda Koonlaba offers a lesson plan for showing how art and math can work together, giving students a chance to create something while learning. December 23, 2015 – Teacher

Special education teacher Kristin Baningoso shares an activity that she incorporates into her classroom that can help educators explore race and culture topics and get students engaged in meaningful conversations. December 18, 2015 – Teacher

When teachers use their knowledge of this unique age to structure their classroom routines, middle school can be years that truly matter for children, writes Cossondra George. December 15, 2015 – Teacher

Computer science is often misunderstood, says teacher Neil Plotnick, but by approaching it as a tool that is vital in many disciplines, both students and teachers can better appreciate its value. December 7, 2015 – Teacher

To foster traits like grit and growth mindset, teachers need to develop lessons that challenge students to work independently toward grasping key conceptual ideas, write researchers Brad Ermeling, James Hiebert, and Ron Gallimore. December 7, 2015 – Teacher

Teachers can play a big role in helping families of diverse languages and cultures feel welcome and comfortable in schools, writes Anabel Gonzalez. December 1, 2015 – Teacher

In a time when some 1st graders can recite their test scores but can’t tell you what they want to be when they grow up, classrooms deserve more humanity, Justin Minkel argues. November 30, 2015 – Teacher

Gifted children have a host of complicated issues that need special attention and care from educators, says Anthony Colucci. November 23, 2015 – Teacher

Sending kids out of class or out of school doesn’t set them up to be successful when they return and knocks them further down the ladder they are trying to climb, high school teacher Joanna Schimizzi says, offering a different approach. November 18, 2015 – Teacher

We should not use assessments as the ceiling of our students’ learning, but rather as stepping-stones to help our students become their very best, says middle school teacher Farida Mama. November 10, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Linda Yaron shares what elements she incorporates into her curriculum to help strengthen student opportunities for success. November 10, 2015 – Teacher

Breanna Elliott, an outreach specialist in African studies, says that school curricula too often reinforce antiquated stories and cultural understandings. November 3, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher William J. Tolley says that education-innovation advocates need to disrupt schools' definitions of success if they are to achieve Sir Ken Robinson's vision for creativity in learning. November 3, 2015 – Teacher

Stephen Pham, a 5th grade STEM teacher, argues that the use of digital tools in schools teaches students soft skills that enhance their academic development. October 28, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Wendi Pillars offers methods to improve co-teaching relationships, which she says create new understandings and develop more effective practices. October 26, 2015 – Teacher

Universal Design for Learning is the perfect go-to teaching tool to guide instructional decisions, Elizabeth Stein says. October 19, 2015 – Teacher

The continuous emphasis on test preparation instead of a focus on the development of lifelong readers has diminished emphasis on students’ recreational reading habits, says high school English teacher Nancy Barile. October 14, 2015 – Teacher

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

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