Teacher Voices

Handle frustrations and challenges by approaching classroom management as a mystery—complicated and constantly changing—rather than as a straightforward puzzle, advises teacher Larry Ferlazzo. March 24, 2015 – Teacher

When students are motivated by star charts and glitter pencils instead of a love of knowledge, writes Justin Minkel, they stop paying attention to what they're supposed to be learning. March 23, 2015 – Teacher

As more and more education discussions focus on STEM, English teacher Jess Burnquist reflects on the continued importance of literature and creativity in schools. March 18, 2015 – Teacher

For Women's History Month, librarian Chiquita Toure argues that it's time to stop just studying what women have done and start teaching girls about what they can do. March 18, 2015 – Teacher

Sarah Macway, a third-year science teacher, is finally finding her balance as a teacher. She reflects on the lessons she's learned while getting past the rocky start. March 11, 2015 – Teacher

With Digital Learning Day fast approaching, Marcia Powell outlines a simple way for students to work with tech tools and take a closer look at their own digital habits. March 10, 2015 – Teacher

Testing can make a teacher's already-tough job even more stressful. Lori Branham and Julie Hiltz have some tips for holding it together when testing season comes around. March 3, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Jennifer Aponte reflects on the differences between her brother's life and her own and the ways schools have failed boys of color. February 27, 2015 – Teacher

Art doesn't have to be limited to art class—teacher Amanda Koonlaba has three artists whose work can be integrated into other subjects, plus the best ways to get started. February 24, 2015 – Teacher

Teachers often find themselves with too few hours in the day, but Justin Minkel says that there are ways to get the most out of that time. February 24, 2015 – Teacher

Carrie Bakken, a program coordinator and teacher at the Avalon School in St. Paul, Minn., says that working at a teacher-led school gives her a greater sense of autonomy and opportunity. February 18, 2015 – Teacher

Too many good teachers are forced to leave the classroom just because they want new challenges and a sense of advancement, English teacher Paul Barnwell says. February 18, 2015 – Teacher

Teachers trying to attract students to extracurricular activities need to think beyond the morning announcements and pizza parties, writes Kimberly Long. February 18, 2015 – Teacher

The best teachers are those who earn the trust of their students. Rosalie Arndt takes a look at three different teaching personalities and how teachers can transform themselves into "The Real Deal." February 10, 2015 – Teacher

With Valentine's Day approaching, Cindi Rigsbee shares four ways teachers can make room for a little more love in the school day. February 3, 2015 – Teacher

Education leaders are calling for teachers to collect more and more data, but Justin Minkel argues that what really matters is what schools use their data for. January 27, 2015 – Teacher

As a veteran teacher, Carl Draeger jumped at the chance to mentor new teachers. Here are 12 things he wishes he knew when he started. January 27, 2015 – Teacher

One way to help students succeed is by having them set their own goals for the year. Nancy Barile explains how to make these goals as strong as possible. January 20, 2015 – Teacher

It's easy for teachers to find themselves isolated in the classroom. Paul Barnwell has some strategies for getting more involved in the school community and forging connections between colleagues. January 13, 2015 – Teacher

The students who talk the most are often the ones learning the most, says Cossondra George, but it can be hard to get everyone to speak up. Here are her tricks for getting quiet students to raise their voices. January 6, 2015 – Teacher

English teacher and instructional technology coach Brianna Crowley offers practical advice on creating professional learning networks built on intersecting layers of relationships. December 31, 2014 – Teacher

Justin Minkel asks: When many legislators and superintendents have lost sight of the true purpose of education, what chance do kindergartners have? December 30, 2014 – Teacher

In the spirit of the holiday season, Nancy Barile highlights the examples of 12 educators—representative of many others—who've quietly gone the extra mile to ensure that their students get the care and attention they need. December 17, 2014 – Teacher

If teachers could design the schools of the future, what would they look like? Bill Tolley's would embody the principles of human rights. December 10, 2014 – Teacher

The best advice about teaching practices doesn't have to be new—and often, it isn't, educator Eric Sundberg says. December 5, 2014 – Teacher

Creating a plan for students with diverse needs can be challenging, but Cossandra George has some tools and tips for success. December 2, 2014 – Teacher

A great teacher, says Jessica Cuthbertson, steps outside the classroom to share teacher-driven success stories with the public. Cuthbertson says there are opportunities for all teachers to become ambassadors for their profession. November 25, 2014 – Teacher

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

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