Teacher Voices

Being a skilled teacher of children doesn’t automatically make you a skilled mentor of new teachers, writes Justin Minkel. So how do you teach someone to teach?
December 11, 2018 – Teacher

When schools use digital, pre-packaged lessons, they discourage meaningful learning and rob teachers of their professional agency, writes Cynthia Roy.
November 30, 2018 – Teacher

After the midterm elections, Oklahoma teacher Amanda Becker reflects on the future of teacher activism in the state.
November 28, 2018 – Teacher

After leaving teaching to pursue other roles in education, Ariel Sacks realized that the profession was too central a part of her identity to give up.
November 20, 2018 – Teacher

Teachers should be participants in the process of their own improvement, rather than the subjects of a rating, writes Trisha Arnold.
November 12, 2018 – Teacher

Timed tests and "drill-and-kill" approaches to math education can leave students with long-lasting anxiety, writes researcher Jennifer Ruef. There's a better way to teach the subject.
November 6, 2018 – Teacher

Humane education, which teaches students about animal welfare, fosters empathy and can inspire students to become change agents in their communities, writes teacher Julie O'Connor.
October 31, 2018 – Teacher

When teachers give students feedback only at the end of the writing process, it is often ignored or dismissed, writes teacher Jesse Breite. He describes how teachers in his English department reimagined the revision process.
October 31, 2018 – Teacher

Simply praising the value of perseverance has little effect if teachers don’t take the time to learn every student’s story, writes former teacher Luke Reynolds.
October 24, 2018 – Teacher

Teachers and parents don't always see eye to eye on what's best for children, but these relationships can improve when both parties show patience and grace, writes Justin Minkel.
October 24, 2018 – Teacher

When teachers ask, for example, an Indian American student to speak as a representative for all Indian Americans, they're engaging in a kind of microaggression, writes a former teacher and researcher.
October 16, 2018 – Teacher

The arts present an opportunity to reach students who feel disconnected from learning, writes dance teacher Jennifer Jackson, and more schools should make them a priority.
October 10, 2018 – Teacher

Technology can be powerful for learning and collaborating, but the most important community-building students do often doesn’t involve screens at all, writes computer science teacher Douglas Kiang.
October 3, 2018 – Teacher

All students have the ability to become self-taught experts, writes Mary M. McConnaha, and technology provides the tools.
October 3, 2018 – Teacher

Violence and disrespect toward women is learned behavior, writes Justin Minkel, and teachers can show boys a better way.
October 1, 2018 – Teacher

Conferences can put both parents and teachers on the defensive. Education writer and consultant Lisa Westman offers a step-by-step guide for facilitating the meeting when emotions are running high.
September 26, 2018 – Teacher

With Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh facing sexual assault allegations, teachers must make room for conversations around harassment, consent, and the #MeToo movement, writes education professor Jennifer Rich.
September 20, 2018 – Teacher

Social media can be a tool for classroom collaboration and connection, but small mistakes can have devastating consequences. A former educator shares best practices for protecting students’ privacy online.
September 19, 2018 – Teacher

Teacher observations can be stressful and feel deeply personal, writes Justin Minkel. He suggests how teachers can best prepare for an observer’s visit—and how they can manage feelings of self-doubt.
September 18, 2018 – Teacher

Most preservice teachers are young, white women. Before taking over classrooms, they need to learn the histories of communities different than their own, writes professor Jennifer Rich.
September 12, 2018 – Teacher

As teacher David Rockower returns to the classroom this fall, so will his son and daughter. In a letter to his children's teachers, he shares his hopes for the year ahead.
September 12, 2018 – Teacher

Laptops give students the ability to get feedback and revise in real time, says this English teacher.
September 5, 2018 – Teacher

Student-centered learning may be in vogue, but it doesn’t support academic growth, writes this veteran educator. Schools should stick with teacher-led instruction.
September 5, 2018 – Teacher

Putting guns in the hands of school staff could lead to fatal mistakes and leave students with emotional scars, writes retired teacher Chuck Cascio.
August 28, 2018 – Teacher

A high school teacher explains how centering student voice makes for more engaging guest speaker assemblies.
August 22, 2018 – Teacher

How can middle school history teachers make the subject come alive for students? John Scudder offer suggestions for cutting down on memorization and lectures.
August 22, 2018 – Teacher

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

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