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There are some serious questions that still need answers, but there are a few certainties that teachers can hold onto, writes Casey M. Bethel.
July 22, 2020 – Teacher

The history curriculum is a good place for educators to take the initiative on racial justice, urge history educators Jack Doyle and Chris Doyle.
July 16, 2020 – Teacher

Teachers can recognize a familiar disregard and absurdity underlying the politicized debates over reopening schools, writes Richard Ullman.
July 16, 2020 – Teacher

Educators have a responsibility to eradicate systemic racism, writes Malcolm J. Gillard. That starts with understanding their role in upholding it.
July 15, 2020 – Teacher

In a year marked by loss, we can’t forget the most important thing we do as teachers, writes Justin Minkel: We make sure every child knows they’re loved.
June 30, 2020 – Teacher

When they come back to us in the fall, our students’ need for connection, belonging, and real-world experience will be fierce, and we need to adjust our approach based on their needs, writes teacher Ariel Sacks.
June 23, 2020 – Teacher

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling was a victory, but it doesn’t take away the hurt of losing my students in a cold February, writes Brett Bigham.
June 23, 2020 – Teacher

While unarmed Black men and women continue to die at the hands of police, our schools first started by killing their minds, writes teacher Jasmine Lane.
June 10, 2020 – Teacher

Yes, teachers have struggled to provide all that the learning they'd wish for students during COVID-19, writes teacher Justin Minkel. But they've provided crucial lifelines: love, support, and normalcy.
June 2, 2020 – Teacher

During this hard and scary time, when our students need their teachers the most, suddenly they can’t be there in person. Here are some ways teacher Justin Minkel has found to keep that connection virtually.
April 28, 2020 – Teacher

In desperately trying to be a superhero for my students, I underestimated the gravity of the coronavirus crisis, writes Hawaii teacher Lory Walker Peroff.
April 14, 2020 – Teacher

The days are a technology overload, mixed with the joy of seeing her students' faces and worry about her own family's health and safety, New York City teacher Ariel Sacks writes.
April 1, 2020 – Teacher

It's hard to keep the coronavirus crisis in perspective, especially when that perspective keeps shifting, writes New York City teacher Colin Lieu.
March 25, 2020 – Teacher

We must make sure our students' needs are met, and that they know they are safe, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
March 24, 2020 – Teacher

If teachers can make online learning as effective as the classroom, we've failed, writes Ohio educator Rebecca Simna.
March 19, 2020 – Teacher

Teacher Christina Torres wanted to create an in-class, curricular space for her students to build in-depth relationships with books. And she thought that if she let them choose what they read, they might value literature more.
March 10, 2020 – Teacher

One-on-one time with students can be used to hold a reading conference, do a formal assessment, or collect information by listening to a student read, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
February 25, 2020 – Teacher

My job as a teacher is to help students learn, not to use extrinsic motivation to get them to work, writes Miriam Plotinsky.
February 18, 2020 – Teacher

One particularly tense staff meeting helped educator Robert Parker rethink how his school celebrated Black History Month.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week

A new writing practice in 8th grade English class, having students write personal journals, led teacher Ariel Sacks to an important realization about writing development.
January 28, 2020 – Teacher

Teacher Ashley Redd spent a day as a 4th grader and went home with a hangover of fear and humiliation.
January 21, 2020 – Teacher

Cancer has forced teacher Johanna Rauhala to leave her classroom. As she packs up her things, she reflects on her work, and writes that she feels honored to have served alongside those who spend their days "pushing the current of knowledge along."
January 14, 2020 – Teacher

Teacher Quan Neloms was paying a steep price for his devotion to his students: too little time with his own family. One simple change helped him find a healthy work-life balance.
December 31, 2019 – Teacher

Integrating student work into your teaching has profound practical benefits, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
December 17, 2019 – Teacher

Giving students time to recharge over holiday breaks is important, writes teacher Christina Torres. Here are her ideas for creative things you can do to keep students engaged in learning without assigning homework.
December 11, 2019 – Teacher

Reading aloud is a strategy elementary school teachers have capitalized on for generations. But we can use storytelling and drama to get older students engaged and loving literature, too, writes teacher Christina Torres.
November 20, 2019 – Teacher

Teacher Justin Minkel writes about how to cultivate strong relationships and weave them into the daily fabric of your classroom, not just during the first few weeks of school, but throughout the entire year.
November 12, 2019 – Teacher

As they contend with the digital world, teachers can find a great ally in using mindfulness meditation with our students, writes Cynthia Roy.
October 29, 2019 – Teacher

Children wish that adults knew more about their lives and experiences, and understood that they try really hard, but they don't always understand.
October 22, 2019 – Teacher

Teachers work their magic with students all the time, building community and trust. What would school be like if principals worked that same magic with teachers, wonders Jonathon Medeiros.
October 9, 2019 – Teacher

It's high time to question the place of Shakespeare in our classrooms, writes middle school teacher Christina Torres. Our kids deserve to study stories that represent and validate their experiences and cultures. But throwing the Bard out entirely isn't the answer either.
October 1, 2019 – Teacher

Teachers' passion and charisma influence the way students experience a class. But teachers aren’t "born" knowing how to inspire children in a classroom setting, writes Ariel Sacks.
September 25, 2019 – Teacher

Colin Turner thought he understood the dynamics of race and privilege. Until one of his students called him out for some insensitive comments he'd made in class.
September 17, 2019 – Teacher

Teacher Justin Minkel used to dream of the magical day when teaching would feel so much easier. He's realized that that day won't arrive, but something powerful takes its place: The insight, skill and big heart to be a better teacher.
September 11, 2019 – Teacher

When students organized a drive to register their fellow students on campus, they found their voice and their power, writes teacher Jacqulyn Whang.
September 4, 2019 – Teacher

As a Latina educator and parent, Victoria Onodera wishes she’d gotten a welcome-back letter from school leaders that acknowledged families' fears in this political climate. So she wrote one.
August 26, 2019 – Teacher

Experimenting with new types and arrangements of furniture can radically change your students' classroom experience, writes Julia Cin.
August 21, 2019 – Teacher

In the wake of recent shootings linked to white supremacy and an uptick in hate crimes, we need to teach students to actively work against racism, writes Christina Torres.
August 21, 2019 – Teacher

An unexpected friendship with the author and Nobel laureate gave this professor—and her preservice teachers and their middle school students—insight into Morrison’s talents as a teacher.
August 13, 2019 – Teacher

When students begin to value their own improvement, and see their weaknesses as opportunities, the grades will come, writes teacher Stephanie Curtis.
August 6, 2019 – Teacher

Whether writing for an audience or reflecting for themselves, teachers can make sense of life in the classroom by putting pen to paper, says Justin Minkel.
July 30, 2019 – Teacher

After years of working for white principals and feeling sidelined and misunderstood, teacher Gemayel Hazard sought out a principal of color. Now, both his and his students’ needs are being fully addressed, he writes.
July 23, 2019 – Teacher

Time pressures cause some teachers to ignore important components of literacy, writes 1st grade teacher Brittany Oakley. Explicit vocabulary instruction is one of them.
July 10, 2019 – Education Week

Reading an excerpt of a book is like looking at a corner of a painting, writes teacher Ariel Sacks. Students miss out on the experience of the piece as it was intended.
June 26, 2019 – Teacher

In teachers’ lounges and copy rooms all over the country, teachers complain about their students. But it’s toxic for students, and for teachers’ feelings about their work, writes Lauren Vargas.
June 12, 2019 – Teacher

Every teacher should make time to answer an existential question, writes Justin Minkel: Who are we when we’re not teaching?
June 5, 2019 – Teacher

All students should have the chance to follow their passions and explore their curiosity, write teachers Stephanie Curtis and Adrienne Stanley.
May 22, 2019 – Teacher

Teacher licensure exams push many aspiring teachers of color out of the profession before they have a chance to start, writes Emery Petchauer.
May 7, 2019 – Teacher

The gap between what children in poverty need and what their teachers are able to give them is too vast for any teacher to fill, writes Justin Minkel.
April 30, 2019 – Teacher

Teachers have tried to tell their state legislators what schools need, and little has changed, writes Justin Parmenter. It’s time to increase the pressure.
April 26, 2019 – Teacher

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