Teacher Voices

White teachers must confront their biases and reevaluate their instructional practices to ensure they're meeting the needs of students of color, writes Justin Minkel.
August 15, 2018 – Teacher

Seán Arthurs has started off every school year by telling a story about his family’s devotion to the teaching profession and his personal route into the classroom. He writes how sharing his background and values with students fosters connection.
August 15, 2018 – Teacher

New teachers need ongoing, informal mentorship long after teacher-induction programs end, writes Janine McIlheran.
August 8, 2018 – Teacher

Veteran educator Mary Alicia Lyons shares her experiences working with administrators who’ve spanned the spectrum from frustrating to fantastic.
August 8, 2018 – Teacher

Elementary teachers should give students the freedom to find joy, take risks, and process emotions in their writing, says Emily Galle-From.
August 1, 2018 – Teacher

Women face discrimination and sexual harassment in K-12 schools, too, writes Amy Williams. Here’s how male educators can help change the culture that allows these attacks.
August 1, 2018 – Teacher

It’s necessary for teachers to set boundaries between their home and work lives and advocate for themselves, writes Natashia Hill.
July 25, 2018 – Teacher

Even before teachers get to know their students, they have already formed assumptions about them—and low expectations can set students up for failure, writes Melissa Garcia.
July 25, 2018 – Teacher

After six years as a teacher, Jamie Barnes is pursuing a new dream. He reflects on the students he's taught and the new challenges to come.
July 18, 2018 – Teacher

Teachers have a moral obligation to protest family separations at the border, writes Justin Minkel.
July 17, 2018 – Teacher

Teachers' unions must recommit to solving community-based concerns and taking on actions that influence structural power, writes John Troutman McCrann.
July 11, 2018 – Teacher

When Kyle Redford stopped assuming that she knew the motivations behind her students' actions, she started to build stronger relationships.
July 3, 2018 – Teacher

All students are capable of persistence, no matter how disengaged from academics they may seem, writes Steve Heisler.
June 27, 2018 – Teacher

Teachers need to model vulnerability before students can feel comfortable sharing personal stories, writes David Rockower.
June 20, 2018 – Teacher

Now that students can integrate code and multimedia into the texts they create, schools need a new approach to literacy, writes Chris Panell.
June 20, 2018 – Teacher

Teachers need to take a closer look at the range of reading levels, identities, experiences, and genres represented in their classroom libraries, writes Justin Minkel.
June 13, 2018 – Teacher

As the school year comes to a close, Krystal Centinello tells her tattletales, class clowns, and daydreamers what they’ve taught her.
June 13, 2018 – Teacher

A long list of intrusions curb the flow of even the most well-planned lessons, says Sara Gartland. It's time schools rethink the procedures that undermine student engagement.
June 6, 2018 – Teacher

Far too many teachers enforce overly strict school rules at their students’ expense, writes Chicago teacher Gina Caneva.
June 6, 2018 – Teacher

For one school year, teacher Kyle Redford created a plan to love her students without strings attached. Here’s what she took away.
May 30, 2018 – Teacher

To improve instruction, teachers should work together to figure out smarter ways of using their time, says coach Lisa Westman.
May 30, 2018 – Teacher

Whether it is discomfort or ignorance or a combination of both, many teachers don’t demand enough of their students of color, writes educator Jamilah Pitts.
May 23, 2018 – Teacher

In the wake of another school shooting, teacher Ashley Lauren Samsa reflects on what it feels like to go on lockdown with her students.
May 22, 2018 – Teacher

There is a strong taboo against teachers admitting to anger, let alone expressing it, writes Justin Minkel. Here are four ways they can handle that.
May 16, 2018 – Teacher

Teachers have a responsibility to give students the strategies and resources to actively engage with their communities, writes elementary teacher Gail Sider.
May 9, 2018 – Education Week

Adding mentors to the classroom is a simple, logical, inexpensive way to assist teachers that could be key to closing achievement, opportunity, and support gaps, writes principal Andrew Tuite.
May 2, 2018 – Teacher

Teachers must not wait for a firm diagnosis to make important learning accommodations for students who may have ADHD, writes Kyle Redford.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week

In light of recent school shootings, elementary education student Rachel Badura says she’s worried about taking a job that puts her life at risk.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week

Teachers nationwide are rallying together to command the attention of lawmakers around their most basic needs, writes Kentucky special educator Jessica Dueñas.
April 18, 2018 – Education Week

Too many kids are rushed toward the level they’re "supposed" to be on by the end of a given grading period, with little attention given to the path they’re walking to get there, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
April 18, 2018 – Education Week

Teachers may be in classrooms where it's easy to get bogged down by rules and regulations, but what students need is our passion, writes educator Ashley Lamb-Sinclair.
April 11, 2018 – Teacher

When helping students who struggle in the classroom, teachers should dig into their own memories of what it’s like to fail, writes educator Ryan Sprott.
April 11, 2018 – Teacher

There are four important things teachers should keep in mind when talking with parents about their children, writes Justin Minkel.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week

It's tempting for students and teachers to go on cruise control during the final weeks of school, but pushing opportunities for practice is especially valuable for English-language learners, write Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski.
April 4, 2018 – Teacher

Allowing students to retake tests puts the emphasis on learning content rather than building useful life skills, writes educator Baptiste Delvallé.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week

Teachers owe students second and third chances on final tests, especially if they've shown mastery of the concepts during learning, argues educator Lisa Westman.
March 21, 2018 – Teacher

Public schools need to prioritize social-emotional support and personalized learning for all students, writes educator Jessica Cuthbertson.
March 14, 2018 – Teacher

Writing teachers should draft work alongside their students and treat them as partners in the process, says 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ashley Lamb-Sinclair.
March 14, 2018 – Teacher

Kyle Redford writes that when weighing whether to use audiobooks, especially with struggling readers, teachers should ask themselves: What is reading?
March 7, 2018 – Education Week

In order to break through the noise of students' smartphones, teachers should actually do less talking and more listening, says a 9th grade teacher.
March 7, 2018 – Teacher

Districts should return to the teacher workday in which educators collaborate with their peers, rather than the one-size-fits-all professional development they’ve moved to, says a middle school teacher.
February 28, 2018 – Teacher

After more than 30 years in the classroom, educator and author Cindi Rigsbee transitions to a new job in the business world—and reflects on the lessons school administrators can learn from business leaders.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week

Black history shouldn’t only be taught in February. English teacher Jamilah Pitts shares strategies for educators to teach the culture, oppression, and achievements of African-Americans year-round.
February 21, 2018 – Teacher

A culture of violence and guns cannot be fixed in a moment, writes a 5th grade teacher. But by teaching young people to raise their voices, educators can help them create change.
February 21, 2018 – Teacher

Most of the proposed solutions for teacher shortages come from policy makers. But there are things teachers themselves can do to change the culture of their schools and encourage each other to stay, writes teacher Tricia Ebner.
February 14, 2018 – Teacher

With many school positions left unfilled, districts are in competition for teachers, argues Maripat Wilkinson. Why not leverage that power to demand a better workplace?
February 14, 2018 – Teacher

When English learners have the opportunity to work in groups and speak their native languages, they feel more comfortable in class, writes Justin Minkel.
February 7, 2018 – Teacher

Future generations deserve equal access to internet platforms that amplify all voices, not just those who can afford to pay the most, writes Gina Caneva.
February 7, 2018 – Teacher

Exposing students to new language and culture is a worthwhile effort that expands their worldview, writes principal Jack Davern.
January 31, 2018 – Teacher

When teachers create flexible learning environments, they support all different types of learners, Kyle Redford writes.
January 24, 2018 – Teacher

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