Teacher Voices

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

When it comes to politics in the classroom, teachers must help their students move away from the current divisive climate, writes educator Lawrence Lhulier. Instead, they should model respect, empathy, and the ability to listen to opposing viewpoints.
March 14, 2017 – Teacher

Being a part of a diverse network of educators can help teachers broaden their perspectives to better meet all students’ needs, writes Joanna Schimizzi.
March 10, 2017 – Teacher

Inclusive classrooms can teach all students, with or without disabilities, that everyone has unique strengths. Cossondra George shares how her students learned to accept and appreciate each other's learning differences.
March 7, 2017 – Teacher

Community service is important for students, but pushing an academic agenda can get in the way of helping an organization. Teacher Kyle Redford writes about how to create meaningful service learning that benefits both classroom and community.
February 28, 2017 – Teacher

A team of teachers thrives when its members identify and build off of each other’s strengths to create a positive school culture driven by a shared vision, writes Nick Tutolo.
February 28, 2017 – Teacher

History teachers need to be intentional about confronting misleading narratives that target groups based on religion or nationality, especially in the current political climate, writes educator Rachel Otty.
February 21, 2017 – Teacher

Celebrating Black History Month in class should inspire students to think critically about equality and justice and appreciate a significant part of American history, writes William Anderson.
February 16, 2017 – Teacher

As Betsy DeVos begins her term as secretary of education, how can she work to make every student’s future successful? Educator Bryan Christopher offers a letter of advice.
February 14, 2017 – Teacher

Educators need to remember how to love what they do. Cristie Watson encourages teachers to advocate for the profession to help re-spark their passion for education.
February 14, 2017 – Teacher

Opening up the classroom to balanced discussion can offer students clarity and comfort in light of recent political events, says Julie Jee.
February 8, 2017 – Teacher

To advance collaborative leadership, Wendi Pillars shares insights on defining a shared vision with fellow educators to implement a teacher-powered model in their schools.
February 8, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers should help students experience the joy of simply reading a great book. Justin Minkel shares guided reading strategies that help engage young readers by sparking their excitement.
January 31, 2017 – Teacher

Create a learning environment that teaches students about the importance of positive relationships and the responsibilities that come with collaborative work, says Cossondra George.
January 31, 2017 – Teacher

Ben Owens’ high school embraces the philosophy of "100-percent engagement, 100 percent of the time." He shares insights on building a student-centered, teacher-powered school culture.
January 24, 2017 – Teacher

In an era of high-stakes testing and timed assessments, teachers shouldn't overlook the importance of teaching revision in the writing process, writes Sarah M. Hess.
January 23, 2017 – Teacher

Providing students with opportunities to make choices in their learning process can improve their long-term decisionmaking skills, says Thomas Armstrong.
January 17, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers who want to bridge leadership within the classroom and beyond its walls should utilize professional learning networks and use their passion as a grounding force to meet both sets of demands, say Tricia Ebner and Char Shryock.
January 16, 2017 – Teacher

Justin Minkel encourages teachers to incorporate the creative wonder of childhood into their classrooms to make space for student individuality and help develop a love for learning.
January 10, 2017 – Teacher

Instructional coaches are supportive partners in the classroom. Linda Yaron shares some key foundations of coaching that transform the classroom into a place of reflection and collaborative dialogue.
January 10, 2017 – Teacher

“As educators, we can help our students develop their capacity to respond more creatively to uncertainty by making a few slight adjustments in our daily teaching practices,” writes former teacher Ronald A. Beghetto.
January 4, 2017 – Teacher

Helping students process new information through learning experiences can strengthen their reading and writing skills, writes Nancy Barile.
January 4, 2017 – Teacher

Using images to make sense of information can support student learning and increase personal agency for diverse learners, says educator Sherrill Knezel.
December 28, 2016 – Teacher

Supportive professional networks for teacher leadership can transform school culture and improve student engagement in low-performing schools, writes instructional coach Glenna Carlton Sigmon.
December 23, 2016 – Teacher

How can teachers make their classrooms truly child-centered? Justin Minkel shares some strategies on how to figure out students’ individual needs—starting with asking them.
December 18, 2016 – Teacher

Teachers and rocket scientists share several professional traits, Sandy Merz writes. For example, both are idealistic true believers.
December 13, 2016 – Teacher

Rather than arguing about whether or not dyslexia exists, teachers must have effective training to recognize the condition in their students and provide support, writes teacher Kyle Redford.
December 12, 2016 – Teacher

It's time to move past our expectations that sending a worksheet home will help children learn in meaningful ways, writes Samantha Hulsner.
December 6, 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

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