First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

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
Jennifer Casey says that adopting new digital tools for the classroom doesn't have be a huge time suck—and can help prepare students for the future.
August 17, 2016 – Teacher
The teachers' lounge isn't a place at all but a mentality that can creep up on educators unexpectedly and create a toxic school climate, writes Lauren Powell.
August 9, 2016 – Teacher
When elementary schools take time away from other subjects to dramatically increase time on reading instruction, they are likely to slow children's growth in reading comprehension, literacy experts argue.
July 19, 2016 – Teacher
Virtual learning communities can be a way for educators to connect, collaborate, and improve both their individual and collective practice, Jessica Cuthbertson writes.
July 18, 2016 – Teacher
Teachers can take deliberate steps to help students empower themselves with tools to navigate life, show them they’re not alone, and reduce stigmas.
July 12, 2016 – Teacher
Taken from experience, social studies teacher Rod Powell shares what lessons he learned for incorporating politics in the classroom in a way that avoids a sense of indoctrination and includes all voices.
June 24, 2016 – Teacher
ESL teacher Wendi Pillars shares the top takeaways compiled from a student project used to hone language skills, catalyze change, and improve how teachers view ELLs.
June 17, 2016 – Teacher
Teacher Julie Hiltz shares some practices that can be used to build a culture of appreciation, satisfaction, and support among administrators and teachers.
June 10, 2016 – Teacher
To prevent burnout, teachers need to be aware of counterproductive habits masked as professional norms or expectations.
June 3, 2016 – Teacher
Science teacher Ashley Fryer says many educators have misconceptions about the experiences of teaching and learning in a virtual classroom.
June 1, 2016 – Teacher
"When teachers are bold leaders who model excellence in everything they do, we tap into the true capacity to make our educational system the best it can possibly be for each student we serve," writes teacher Ben Owens.
May 31, 2016 – Teacher
May 3, 2016 – Teacher
April 29, 2016 – Teacher

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