Teacher Voices

Students need choice and voice to be truly engaged in their learning. Marcia Powell shares strategies to design successful educational gaming opportunities with student buy-in.
September 20, 2017 – Teacher

When students are given creative freedom in the classroom, they have the opportunity to tackle problems connected to their interests, says Matt Presser.
September 20, 2017 – Teacher

In troubled times, teacher-leaders need to push past feelings of helplessness and lead transformative change, writes Megan Allen.
September 13, 2017 – Teacher

A New Orleans school leader, who taught in one of the first schools to open after Hurricane Katrina, offers advice to educators in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
September 13, 2017 – Teacher

Star charts and color cards create a negative classroom environment, writes Justin Minkel. To address the root problems of students’ misbehavior, teachers need to toss the behavioral systems and focus on building relationships.
September 6, 2017 – Teacher

Teaching English-learners can be a rewarding experience—especially if educators know the best practices and necessary facts. Wendi Pillars shares her tips for having a successful year with ELLs.
September 6, 2017 – Teacher

Ernie Rambo shares six steps that teachers can take to guide their own professional learning and become a more effective educator.
August 30, 2017 – Teacher

Students diagnosed with ADHD come back to the classroom in varying states of readiness for learning, says Thomas Armstrong. Here's how to help them focus, engage, deal with stress, and have a successful year.
August 30, 2017 – Teacher

Educator Mary McIntyre discusses how parents, teachers, and district leaders can support students in light of the riots in Charlottesville, Va.
August 23, 2017 – Teacher

District leaders need to create a space for community-building and healing when traumatic events occur, writes Rosa Atkins, the superintendent of Charlottesville, Va. schools.
August 23, 2017 – Teacher

Amanda Koonlaba shares her three takeaways from the National Gallery of Art’s Teacher Institute. Visual art can be integrated into any subject, she writes.
August 21, 2017 – Teacher

When teachers find the right balance between honing their own expertise and working with others, they have the power to excite students about learning, writes educator Nicole Smith.
August 16, 2017 – Teacher

The first day back can be anxiety-inducing for teachers, Justin Minkel writes. Transform the nerves into excitement by making sure the classroom is ready for students.
August 16, 2017 – Teacher

Physical activity is an important aspect of children’s development, writes Marwa Abdelbary. Teachers should incorporate movement in the classroom to strengthen their students’ cognitive skills and physical health.
August 8, 2017 – Teacher

As the United States becomes more politically divided and some students face bigotry and hostility, teachers must create inclusive environments in their classrooms, argues educator Precious Crabtree.
August 7, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers shouldn’t be responsible for stocking their classrooms with supplies, argues Ann Ness. Instead, states and districts need to allocate funding for school resources.
August 2, 2017 – Teacher

The first day of school can be scary. Nancy Barile shares five ways teachers can help alleviate their new students’ fears.
August 2, 2017 – Teacher

Veteran teachers should be valued for their expertise, not stereotyped and pushed out of the classroom, argues Justin Minkel.
July 26, 2017 – Teacher

Public education gives students the diverse experiences and opportunities that may not be offered through school choice, writes Jessica Keigan.
July 25, 2017 – Teacher

Using stories in the classroom not only provides entertainment and connection, but has the power to help students absorb information in a lasting way, writes Trevor Muir.
July 19, 2017 – Teacher

Challenging students with finding solutions to real-world problems will get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and math classes, writes Anne Jolly.
July 17, 2017 – Teacher (Web)

The United States has a troubled history of dealing with bilingualism. But Daniella Suárez writes that bilingual programs have benefits for all students.
July 12, 2017 – Teacher

There is no simple blueprint for building cultural capacity in the classroom, but it is a must if we want students to adapt to a constantly changing world, writes Kyle Redford.
July 11, 2017 – Teacher (Web)

Why do some students force themselves to perform in the school talent show, despite their fears? Justin Minkel reflects on their courage.
July 5, 2017 – Teacher

Annette Christiansen shares three steps for educators to get involved in the policy process and help the new federal K-12 education law succeed.
July 5, 2017 – Teacher

Teaching has changed significantly in the past three decades, but some elements have stayed the same, veteran teacher Cindi Rigsbee writes.
June 26, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers can transform summer school by designing an active learning process that focuses on the whole learner, writes Elizabeth Stein.
June 19, 2017 – Teacher

There has never been a better time for teachers to become leaders, Carl Draeger writes. Here are some simple activities for educators to hone their leadership skills.
June 12, 2017 – Teacher

After suffering from burnout, Justin Ashley learned the keys to happiness and to becoming a better, more emotionally balanced teacher.
June 7, 2017 – Teacher (Web)

Teacher Ben Owens offers solutions for the three most common roadblocks to organizational change.
June 7, 2017 – Teacher

Relying on overused language to describe teaching and learning can limit critical thinking. Teachers should use new metaphors to frame learning in better terms, writes Andrew Wild.
May 31, 2017 – Teacher (Web)

Teachers need to look to the past as well as the future to encourage virtue in their students. William Anderson retools ancient teachings by Confucius to teach his students about self-awareness and accountability.
May 31, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers need to know how to identify early signs of dyslexia, so they can make sure dyslexic students have access to learning accommodations and support, says Kyle Redford.
May 24, 2017 – Teacher

Inspired by a Peruvian artist, Precious Crabtree and her students learned what it means to be global citizens. Students were inspired through art to celebrate differences and learn about other cultures.
May 24, 2017 – Teacher

Social media provides teachers with a network of online support, but can also be distracting, writes Joanna Schimizzi. Teachers should follow these strategies to post and share topics that prompt engagement and inspiration.
May 17, 2017 – Teacher

Sustainable and meaningful professional development should consist of learning experiences that cultivate teachers’ skills and knowledge—and directly support the teaching practice, writes Linda Yaron.
May 9, 2017 – Teacher

The end of the school year allows teachers time to reflect on both triumphs and failures. Justin Minkel urges teachers to evaluate their own practice and then act on the epiphanies that come.
May 9, 2017 – Teacher

Many students love to hate math, writes Sandra Anderson. But math class doesn't have to be so rigid: Teachers can help students explore math in ways that foster creative problem-solving skills.
May 3, 2017 – Teacher

How can teachers successfully mandate summer reading? Start with high expectations for all students, urban educator Leticia Skae says.
May 3, 2017 – Teacher

Undocumented students face an uncertain future. Teachers shouldn't make light of their challenges, but must also encourage them to pursue their dreams, Mary Ann Zehr writes.
April 26, 2017 – Teacher

In a climate of high-stakes testing and a focus on standards, teachers should still make room for creativity in their lessons. Students need the freedom and encouragement to explore complex topics in different ways and take ownership of their learning, writes Kimberly Long.
April 26, 2017 – Teacher

As a teacher at an international school in China, Bill Tolley shares his takeaways on teaching controversial subjects under censorship, while still encouraging students to develop critical thinking skills.
April 18, 2017 – Teacher

Instead of a traditional U.S. social studies class in elementary school, what about a curriculum that celebrates perspectives and cultures from around the world? It’s never too early to start teaching students how to think globally, teacher Kyle Redford writes.
April 18, 2017 – Teacher

A new era of teacher leadership, both online and in person, allows educators to connect beyond their school walls and quickly respond to problems impacting their classrooms, writes Kira J. Baker-Doyle.
April 12, 2017 – Teacher

Too often, school buildings are silos onto themselves. Educators must widen their circles so that all members of the community have a voice in the education of our children, Marcia Powell writes.
April 12, 2017 – Teacher

After realizing that teaching is her lifelong passion, Stephanie Pinkin shares why she returned from coaching and how she found a leadership role in the classroom.
April 4, 2017 – Teacher

Giving students more choice in where they go to school often comes at the expense of quality education. That's why school reform should begin with accountability, writes Gina Caneva.
March 29, 2017 – Teacher

The current body of children's literature still lacks representation of urban youth. Students should be able to read books that are relevant to their lives, writes Kathleen Melville.
March 29, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers must overcome their fears of not knowing how to use the latest technology tools and let students take charge, Tricia Ebner writes.
March 21, 2017 – Teacher

Educational technology has its place, but paper can also engage students and transform learning, Amy Williams writes.
March 21, 2017 – Teacher

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