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Personal essays by teachers.

The interplay between these two learning experiences helps students grow a love of reading and build stronger muscles to engage with texts, writes Ariel Sacks.
April 16, 2019 – Teacher
It’s unreasonable to hold students to the same standards as adults, writes Justin Minkel.
April 8, 2019 – Teacher
"Thinking of our queer, trans, and questioning students, as well as our students of color and multiracial students, I wanted to pass on a message of affirmation: Believe that people are who they say they are, and celebrate it," writes Sam Long.
March 29, 2019 – Teacher
Teacher Kyle Redford has long advocated that dyslexic children need specialized instruction in how to decode words. But a recent look at reading research called her to question her stance—and now she says all students should learn this way.
March 19, 2019 – Teacher
We need to begin by overhauling how we think about all teachers’ worth, writes Ariel Sacks.
March 12, 2019 – Teacher
Graphic novels are rich in complexity and provide a unique opportunity for literary analysis, writes library media specialist Paige Classey Przybylski.
March 6, 2019 – Teacher
When the president's son called out teachers for trying to "sell" students on "socialism," educator Gina Caneva decided it was a bridge too far.
February 15, 2019 – Teacher
It’s not just the new addition to your classroom who will need you to listen carefully and summon more compassion than usual, writes Justin Minkel. Your other students will need a little more from you, too.
February 12, 2019 – Teacher
When 1st grade teacher Emily Galle-From moved to Sweden, she was excited to learn the language. But the experience proved hard, and taught her why every struggling reader needs a guide.
February 6, 2019 – Teacher
Winter days and mounting responsibilities can leave teachers feeling depleted after the holidays. But this time of year can also provide unexpected moments of joy, writes Ariel Sacks.
January 29, 2019 – Teacher
Connecting with other children across cultural divides can help students question their biases, writes Justin Minkel.
January 23, 2019 – Teacher
It’s not uncommon for teachers to be asked about their philosophy of education, writes Domonique Dickson. Here’s why it’s important that they keep reflecting on the purpose of their work.
January 16, 2019 – Teacher
As an experienced teacher, Ariel Sacks realized she needed to shed ego and embrace uncertainty in order to keep learning.
December 26, 2018 – Teacher
Middle school teacher Justin Parmenter was looking for a way to create positive community among his students. So he made kindness a part of the curriculum.
December 18, 2018 – Teacher
November 6, 2018 – Teacher
October 24, 2018 – Teacher

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