First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

There is an urgency to expand the definition and practices of social-emotional learning in order to create equitable school environments for students of color, Dena Simmons writes.
June 7, 2017 – Teacher (Web)
Cultivate a classroom culture that fosters productivity and resilience in the face of internal struggles, writes Ronen Habib. Students and teachers alike must invest in self-care to deepen learning and to make strides in personal growth.
June 7, 2017 – Teacher (Web)
After suffering from burnout, Justin Ashley learned the keys to happiness and to becoming a better, more emotionally balanced teacher.
June 7, 2017 – Teacher (Web)
Relying on overused language to describe teaching and learning can limit critical thinking. Teachers should use new metaphors to frame learning in better terms, writes Andrew Wild.
May 31, 2017 – Teacher (Web)
Teachers need to know how to identify early signs of dyslexia, so they can make sure dyslexic students have access to learning accommodations and support, says Kyle Redford.
May 24, 2017 – Teacher
Instead of viewing cellphones as a nuisance, Curtis White allows his students to use apps and tech tools for deeper classroom learning and collaboration.
May 17, 2017 – Teacher
The end of the school year allows teachers time to reflect on both triumphs and failures. Justin Minkel urges teachers to evaluate their own practice and then act on the epiphanies that come.
May 9, 2017 – Teacher
Many students love to hate math, writes Sandra Anderson. But math class doesn't have to be so rigid: Teachers can help students explore math in ways that foster creative problem-solving skills.
May 3, 2017 – Teacher
Undocumented students face an uncertain future. Teachers shouldn't make light of their challenges, but must also encourage them to pursue their dreams, Mary Ann Zehr writes.
April 26, 2017 – Teacher
Instead of a traditional U.S. social studies class in elementary school, what about a curriculum that celebrates perspectives and cultures from around the world? It’s never too early to start teaching students how to think globally, teacher Kyle Redford writes.
April 18, 2017 – Teacher
A new era of teacher leadership, both online and in person, allows educators to connect beyond their school walls and quickly respond to problems impacting their classrooms, writes Kira J. Baker-Doyle.
April 12, 2017 – Teacher
Teachers shouldn't let their fear of accountability and tests prevent them from doing what's best for children. Justin Minkel urges teachers to throw out the rules in the last few weeks of school.
April 4, 2017 – Teacher
Giving students more choice in where they go to school often comes at the expense of quality education. That's why school reform should begin with accountability, writes Gina Caneva.
March 29, 2017 – Teacher
Educational technology has its place, but paper can also engage students and transform learning, Amy Williams writes.
March 21, 2017 – Teacher
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January 23, 2017 – Teacher

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