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Personal essays by teachers.

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
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September 5, 2018 – Teacher

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