Teacher Voices

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

By resolving to practice patience and kindness with themselves and their students, teachers can start off a new year of learning and growth, Justin Minkel writes.
January 10, 2018 – Teacher

Why don't more people choose teaching as a career? Despite the challenges, the positive aspects far outweigh the negatives, writes one veteran educator.
January 3, 2018 – Teacher

Many teachers hated math when they were kids, Justin Minkel writes. He shares three instructional strategies to break the cycle and make math creative, meaningful, and fun.
December 20, 2017 – Teacher

When writing letters of recommendation, teachers should focus on students’ unique skills, notable qualities, and their personality and creativity, writes Liz Prather.
December 13, 2017 – Teacher

When the professional development that teachers must take to renew their licenses is meaningful, teachers will stay in the profession and maintain a high level of job satisfaction, argues Brian Curtin, an Illinois English teacher.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher

License renewal requirements affect every teacher on a regular basis, educator and former policymaker Kim Walters-Parker writes. Why isn't the process meaningful?
December 6, 2017 – Teacher

Thanks to digital and face-to-face networks, teachers have the capacity to be valuable collaborators with one another from potentially anywhere in the world—meaning more ways to share ideas and improve education, writes Paul Barnwell.
November 28, 2017 – Teacher

What is the vision or purpose of your school? Educator Ben Owens shares tips to create a genuine, powerful, and shared mission statement.
November 22, 2017 – Teacher

As a South Asian American student, Punita Chhabra Rice spent over a decade mispronouncing her own name to make it easier for teachers to say. Now that she’s an educator, Rice shares eight pronunciation tips for teachers of students from diverse backgrounds on how to get names right the first time.
November 15, 2017 – Teacher

Instead of wishing students were better behaved or different, teachers must learn to see and appreciate children as they are, Justin Minkel writes.
November 8, 2017 – Teacher

While an education system focused on efficiency instead of proficiency makes it difficult to ensure each student is on track, teachers can take steps to create learner-centered classrooms, says Mary Tkatchov.
November 8, 2017 – Teacher

True teacher leadership isn’t about official titles or prestige, but about harnessing individual strengths to make the bold changes students need, writes Ashley Lamb-Sinclair.
November 1, 2017 – Teacher

By going through the National Board-certification process, teachers can experience the high-quality professional learning necessary to improve their work, writes educator Ernie Rambo.
November 1, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers may struggle to solve problems when they don’t work together, but unions can give them the power to create positive change, writes educator Kathleen Melville.
October 25, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers should create happy classrooms to help their students thrive. Justin Minkel shares three ways to foster this joy of learning.
October 18, 2017 – Teacher

Special education teachers sometimes feel left out, but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Sasha Long. Here are eight things general education teachers should keep in mind.
October 11, 2017 – Teacher

Visual notetaking can be an important tool for students to synthesize information, create connections, and demonstrate their understanding of difficult concepts, writes arts educator Sherrill Knezel.
October 4, 2017 – Teacher

Most students only risk failure if they think they will ultimately succeed. That's where teachers can make a difference, says Kyle Redford.
October 4, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers should proactively cultivate effective relationships with colleagues and supervisors. Carl Draeger shares four guiding principles to foster a healthy professional climate.
September 27, 2017 – Education Week

Some teachers may argue for using "age-appropriate" texts in the classroom, but students should be allowed to read books that illustrate the real difficulties of childhood and honor their realities, says Christina Berchini.
September 27, 2017 – Teacher

Students need choice and voice to be truly engaged in their learning. Marcia Powell shares strategies to design successful educational gaming opportunities with student buy-in.
September 20, 2017 – Teacher

When students are given creative freedom in the classroom, they have the opportunity to tackle problems connected to their interests, says Matt Presser.
September 20, 2017 – Teacher

In troubled times, teacher-leaders need to push past feelings of helplessness and lead transformative change, writes Megan Allen.
September 13, 2017 – Teacher

A New Orleans school leader, who taught in one of the first schools to open after Hurricane Katrina, offers advice to educators in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
September 13, 2017 – Teacher

Star charts and color cards create a negative classroom environment, writes Justin Minkel. To address the root problems of students’ misbehavior, teachers need to toss the behavioral systems and focus on building relationships.
September 6, 2017 – Teacher

Teaching English-learners can be a rewarding experience—especially if educators know the best practices and necessary facts. Wendi Pillars shares her tips for having a successful year with ELLs.
September 6, 2017 – Teacher

Ernie Rambo shares six steps that teachers can take to guide their own professional learning and become a more effective educator.
August 30, 2017 – Teacher

Students diagnosed with ADHD come back to the classroom in varying states of readiness for learning, says Thomas Armstrong. Here's how to help them focus, engage, deal with stress, and have a successful year.
August 30, 2017 – Teacher

Educator Mary McIntyre discusses how parents, teachers, and district leaders can support students in light of the riots in Charlottesville, Va.
August 23, 2017 – Teacher

District leaders need to create a space for community-building and healing when traumatic events occur, writes Rosa Atkins, the superintendent of Charlottesville, Va. schools.
August 23, 2017 – Teacher

Amanda Koonlaba shares her three takeaways from the National Gallery of Art’s Teacher Institute. Visual art can be integrated into any subject, she writes.
August 21, 2017 – Teacher

When teachers find the right balance between honing their own expertise and working with others, they have the power to excite students about learning, writes educator Nicole Smith.
August 16, 2017 – Teacher

The first day back can be anxiety-inducing for teachers, Justin Minkel writes. Transform the nerves into excitement by making sure the classroom is ready for students.
August 16, 2017 – Teacher

Physical activity is an important aspect of children’s development, writes Marwa Abdelbary. Teachers should incorporate movement in the classroom to strengthen their students’ cognitive skills and physical health.
August 8, 2017 – Teacher

As the United States becomes more politically divided and some students face bigotry and hostility, teachers must create inclusive environments in their classrooms, argues educator Precious Crabtree.
August 7, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers shouldn’t be responsible for stocking their classrooms with supplies, argues Ann Ness. Instead, states and districts need to allocate funding for school resources.
August 2, 2017 – Teacher

The first day of school can be scary. Nancy Barile shares five ways teachers can help alleviate their new students’ fears.
August 2, 2017 – Teacher

Veteran teachers should be valued for their expertise, not stereotyped and pushed out of the classroom, argues Justin Minkel.
July 26, 2017 – Teacher

Public education gives students the diverse experiences and opportunities that may not be offered through school choice, writes Jessica Keigan.
July 25, 2017 – Teacher

Using stories in the classroom not only provides entertainment and connection, but has the power to help students absorb information in a lasting way, writes Trevor Muir.
July 19, 2017 – Teacher

Challenging students with finding solutions to real-world problems will get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and math classes, writes Anne Jolly.
July 17, 2017 – Teacher (Web)

The United States has a troubled history of dealing with bilingualism. But Daniella Suárez writes that bilingual programs have benefits for all students.
July 12, 2017 – Teacher

There is no simple blueprint for building cultural capacity in the classroom, but it is a must if we want students to adapt to a constantly changing world, writes Kyle Redford.
July 11, 2017 – Teacher (Web)

Why do some students force themselves to perform in the school talent show, despite their fears? Justin Minkel reflects on their courage.
July 5, 2017 – Teacher

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