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Personal essays by teachers.

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
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July 30, 2019 – Teacher

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