First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

The popular Broadway musical 'Hamilton' offers important lessons for the classroom.
November 29, 2016 – Teacher
In the current political climate, educators have a responsibility to teach kindness and compassion, writes teacher Karen Engels.
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
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
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
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
Writing about teaching is a meaningful exercise that can be transformative to teachers' practice, Nancy Barile writes.
September 20, 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
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June 3, 2016 – Teacher

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