First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

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
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
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