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Personal essays by teachers.

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
When it comes to politics in the classroom, teachers must help their students move away from the current divisive climate, writes educator Lawrence Lhulier. Instead, they should model respect, empathy, and the ability to listen to opposing viewpoints.
March 14, 2017 – Teacher
Classrooms should be messy, vibrant places where mistakes can reveal the unpredictable brilliance of children and provide opportunities for teachers to model persistence and compassion, writes Justin Minkel.
March 7, 2017 – Teacher
Community service is important for students, but pushing an academic agenda can get in the way of helping an organization. Teacher Kyle Redford writes about how to create meaningful service learning that benefits both classroom and community.
February 28, 2017 – Teacher
History teachers need to be intentional about confronting misleading narratives that target groups based on religion or nationality, especially in the current political climate, writes educator Rachel Otty.
February 21, 2017 – Teacher
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