Teacher Voices

As proponents of STEM and STEAM face off, Anne Jolly asks what the role of the arts should be in a STEM curriculum and looks at some options for integrating the two disciplines. November 18, 2014 – Teacher

Melinda G. George, president of the National Commission on Teaching and America's future, says that teachers' voices must be heard for educational initiatives to be successful. November 18, 2014 – Teacher

ESL teacher Maura Henry doesn't hate tests—in fact, they help her do her job well. The problem isn't with testing in general, she says, but with bad tests. November 12, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

Standards-based education and student creativity may seem mutually exclusive, but Anthony Colucci argues that teachers can still manage to "C.R.E.A.T.E." in the classroom. November 11, 2014 – Teacher

Heather Bandeen, a U.S. teacher currently working in Norway, says that much is lost in the way U.S. education leaders and policymakers talk about school performance in other countries. November 5, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

Justin Minkel, an elementary teacher in Arkansas, says that a supportive school environment coupled with tailored instructional techniques can help English-language learners make dramatic gains in achievement. November 4, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

Why do schools need to worry about digital literacy if students are growing up surrounded by technology? Brianna Crowley has the answer, plus some resources for teaching digital literacy. October 29, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

To liven up her 6th grade social studies class, Karla Duff turned to the undead, and to project-based learning. October 22, 2014 – Teacher

English teacher Ariel Sacks offers practical tips on making classroom partnerships between general and special educators work. October 15, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

In Mark T. Kissling's first year of teaching, it takes an embarrassing moment in the classroom for him to realize the importance of lightening up and not taking things too seriously. October 14, 2014 – Teacher

History teacher Bill Tolley offers tips on adapting to learning environments that combine face-to-face instruction with self-directed online experiences. October 8, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

How can veteran teachers help their newer colleagues succeed? Kimberly Long discusses the importance of a good teacher mentor and gives some advice to teachers trying to become mentors. September 30, 2014 – Teacher (Web)

Jane Ching Fung offers teachers advice on how to talk to families about what the Common Core State Standards mean for their children. September 23, 2014 – Teacher

High school English teacher Jesse Breite says performance and play can deepen students' experience of a literary work. September 23, 2014 – Teacher

Elizabeth Stein examines the benefits of a growth mindset, and suggests ways teachers can encourage it in students. September 17, 2014 – Teacher

In tough times, kindness—both in and out of the classroom—is crucial to student success, writes high school teacher Adam Sherman. September 9, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school English teacher Carl Finer says the controversial California court decision on teacher tenure can be seen as a lever to improve conditions for teaching and learning. September 3, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher Wendi Pillars says educators should take stock of how they've progressed in their teaching careers, in order to figure out where they're going. September 3, 2014 – Teacher

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

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