First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

As Betsy DeVos begins her term as secretary of education, how can she work to make every student’s future successful? Educator Bryan Christopher offers a letter of advice.
February 14, 2017 – Teacher
Opening up the classroom to balanced discussion can offer students clarity and comfort in light of recent political events, says Julie Jee.
February 8, 2017 – Teacher
Teachers should help students experience the joy of simply reading a great book. Justin Minkel shares guided reading strategies that help engage young readers by sparking their excitement.
January 31, 2017 – Teacher
In an era of high-stakes testing and timed assessments, teachers shouldn't overlook the importance of teaching revision in the writing process, writes Sarah M. Hess.
January 23, 2017 – Teacher
Providing students with opportunities to make choices in their learning process can improve their long-term decisionmaking skills, says Thomas Armstrong.
January 17, 2017 – Teacher
Justin Minkel encourages teachers to incorporate the creative wonder of childhood into their classrooms to make space for student individuality and help develop a love for learning.
January 10, 2017 – Teacher
“As educators, we can help our students develop their capacity to respond more creatively to uncertainty by making a few slight adjustments in our daily teaching practices,” writes former teacher Ronald A. Beghetto.
January 4, 2017 – Teacher
Using images to make sense of information can support student learning and increase personal agency for diverse learners, says educator Sherrill Knezel.
December 28, 2016 – Teacher
How can teachers make their classrooms truly child-centered? Justin Minkel shares some strategies on how to figure out students’ individual needs—starting with asking them.
December 18, 2016 – Teacher
Rather than arguing about whether or not dyslexia exists, teachers must have effective training to recognize the condition in their students and provide support, writes teacher Kyle Redford.
December 12, 2016 – Teacher
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
October 3, 2016 – Teacher
August 24, 2016 – Teacher

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