First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

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
April 18, 2018 – Education Week
April 11, 2018 – Teacher

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