Teacher Voices

It's time to move past our expectations that sending a worksheet home will help children learn in meaningful ways, writes Sandra Hulsner.
December 2, 2016 – Teacher

To advance teacher leadership, Anthony Colucci shares insights on promoting supportive mentorships, meaningful professional development, and district-led initiatives to foster a collaborative teaching profession.
November 28, 2016 – Teacher

Some reports show an uptick in bullying incidents since Election Day. What role should teachers play to prevent incidents in schools?
November 18, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher leadership allows educators to influence and elevate others while still doing the job they love. William Anderson shares his insights on leading from the classroom.
November 18, 2016 – Teacher

Many Latino students felt scared and anxious after the election. Justin Minkel writes about how teachers can make sure they feel safe.
November 15, 2016 – Teacher

Universal design for learning can play an important role in helping teachers create culturally competent classrooms, writes Joni Degner.
November 14, 2016 – Teacher

Andrea Shunk left the classroom but remained in education. She explains the need for diverse professional roles that work together to enhance the teaching profession.
November 7, 2016 – Teacher

Correct misconceptions and put assumptions aside when teaching English-language learners, says Anabel Gonzalez. Teach to the student and recognize individuality in his or her differences.
November 1, 2016 – Teacher

When educators talk about grit as it relates to children of color in high-poverty schools, they often forget the role of kindness and compassion, Justin Minkel writes.
October 31, 2016 – Teacher

Students with learning challenges can look to peers for support and encouragement. Teacher Kyle Reford shares how student-led panels can destigmatize learning struggles through the exchange of personal stories and experiences.
October 24, 2016 – Teacher

Creating a makerspace in the classroom with household materials allows students to learn through modeling and design thinking, Marcia Powell writes.
October 21, 2016 – Teacher

Effective classroom management is about getting to know each student—even the ‘hard kids’—as individuals who deserve patience and compassion, says Justin Minkel.
October 12, 2016 – Teacher

New learning is heavily dependent upon old mastery, says Nicole Smith. Teachers can close knowledge gaps by helping students retain information and make connections across content areas.
October 10, 2016 – Teacher

Building new teachers' emotional resilience and cultural competence is key to helping teachers succeed in educating all students, Elena Aguilar writes.
October 5, 2016 – Teacher

Managing student behavior can be the top challenge for new teachers. Rachel Thompson shares her three reflections after a year of successes and failures.
October 5, 2016 – Teacher

High school teacher Rick Neal says that, in today’s education climate, it’s easy for teachers to forget their commitment to whole-child teaching.
October 3, 2016 – Teacher

Teaching collaboration is about more than just providing opportunities for group work and peer feedback, says high school teacher Deidra Gammill.
October 3, 2016 – Teacher

Good STEM lessons are not typical science or math lessons, says Anne Jolly. They must actively engage students in creating and engineering solutions for real-world challenges.
September 23, 2016 – Teacher

Writing about teaching is a meaningful exercise that can be transformative to teachers' practice, Nancy Barile writes.
September 20, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Stephanie Pinkin says the evolution of web-based technologies has changed teaching more than educators often realize.
September 9, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Marcia Powell offers tips for supporting constructive discourse and deeper learning in classrooms at a time of rampant discord and incivility.
September 2, 2016 – Teacher

English teacher Linda Yaron shares a selection of strategies to help students gain proficiency at what is fast becoming a "gatekeeper skill."
August 30, 2016 – Teacher

The word accountability seems boring and sterile when used to refer to "punishment through standardized test scores," but teachers already feel accountable to the people most impacted by their work, Justin Minkel writes.
August 29, 2016 – Teacher

Unless educators are willing to talk about the relational aspects of teaching and learning, schools have little hope of meeting the goals set for students, says teacher Karen Engels.
August 24, 2016 – Teacher

Chiquita R.N. Toure says the chance creation of a writing club at her school has helped students see writing in a new—and more constructive—light.
August 23, 2016 – Teacher

Schools can ease new teachers' anxieties by promoting honest conversation about expectations, culture, and community before the start of the school year, Cristie Watson writes.
August 17, 2016 – Teacher

Jennifer Casey says that adopting new digital tools for the classroom doesn't have be a huge time suck—and can help prepare students for the future.
August 17, 2016 – Teacher

The teachers' lounge isn't a place at all but a mentality that can creep up on educators unexpectedly and create a toxic school climate, writes Lauren Powell.
August 9, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Carl Draeger says that teachers can stay inspired by networking with colleagues and putting forth bold ideas to improve classrooms.
August 5, 2016 – Teacher

The need to equip students and teachers to understand issues that transcend national borders is increasingly urgent, writes Ariel Tichnor-Wagner.
August 3, 2016 – Teacher

Teachers can replicate the excitement of summer camp in their own classrooms by fostering real-world learning and collaborating on strategies to actively engage students with digital learning tools, says Ben Owens.
July 29, 2016 – Teacher

Teaching students to effectively communicate with one another can improve their thought processes in science writing, writes Lori Leo.
July 25, 2016 – Teacher

To improve students’ understanding of diverse perspectives, teachers can start by tapping into their own stories, says arts educator Precious Crabtree.
July 6, 2016 – Teacher

Taken from experience, social studies teacher Rod Powell shares what lessons he learned for incorporating politics in the classroom in a way that avoids a sense of indoctrination and includes all voices.
June 24, 2016 – Teacher

Through verbal and written strategies, students gain a deeper grasp of math content, while giving teachers a window into their understanding, writes STEM educator Amy Shapiro.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher

Though de-emphasized in the common core, creative writing can play an irreplaceable role in the development of students' complex literacy skills, writes language arts teacher Ariel Sacks.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher

Under the common standards, writing instruction is more strategic and substantive, teacher James A. Dittes reflects. But fewer diversions can also mean it's sometimes less fun.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher

ESL teacher Wendi Pillars shares the top takeaways compiled from a student project used to hone language skills, catalyze change, and improve how teachers view ELLs.
June 17, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Julie Hiltz shares some practices that can be used to build a culture of appreciation, satisfaction, and support among administrators and teachers.
June 10, 2016 – Teacher

Supportive leadership and guidance from colleagues are critical new teachers' success today, writes veteran educator Cindi Rigsbee.
June 7, 2016 – Teacher

To prevent burnout, teachers need to be aware of counterproductive habits masked as professional norms or expectations.
June 3, 2016 – Teacher

Science teacher Ashley Fryer says many educators have misconceptions about the experiences of teaching and learning in a virtual classroom.
June 1, 2016 – Teacher

"When teachers are bold leaders who model excellence in everything they do, we tap into the true capacity to make our educational system the best it can possibly be for each student we serve," writes teacher Ben Owens.
May 31, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher David Edelman says that teacher-evaluation systems need to be reoriented to focus less on ratings and more on helping teachers learn more about their practice.
May 23, 2016 – Teacher

How many times do teachers have to hear that interactivity and inquiry are the best forms for learning from a hired expert lecturing from a text-laden PowerPoint, asks teacher William Tolley.
May 20, 2016 – Teacher

Marcia Powell and Sharon Seaton offer tips for educators on using language in ways that celebrate students' abilities instead of creating anxiety deficits.
May 13, 2016 – Teacher

Shared responsibility enables students to regulate their behavior, says Sandy Merz, arguing that high-functioning classes are achievable with device integration if managed efficiently
May 6, 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 15, 2016 – Teacher

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