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Personal essays by teachers.

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
Using stories in the classroom not only provides entertainment and connection, but has the power to help students absorb information in a lasting way, writes Trevor Muir.
July 19, 2017 – Teacher
There is no simple blueprint for building cultural capacity in the classroom, but it is a must if we want students to adapt to a constantly changing world, writes Kyle Redford.
July 11, 2017 – Teacher (Web)
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
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