First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

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
In light of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, a handful of teachers share their advice for engaging students in conversations about race, history, and other topics.
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
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
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
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
July 19, 2017 – Teacher
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