First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

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
Being a skilled teacher of children doesn’t automatically make you a skilled mentor of new teachers, writes Justin Minkel. So how do you teach someone to teach?
December 11, 2018 – Teacher
When schools use digital, pre-packaged lessons, they discourage meaningful learning and rob teachers of their professional agency, writes Cynthia Roy.
November 30, 2018 – Teacher
After the midterm elections, Oklahoma teacher Amanda Becker reflects on the future of teacher activism in the state.
November 28, 2018 – Teacher
After leaving teaching to pursue other roles in education, Ariel Sacks realized that the profession was too central a part of her identity to give up.
November 20, 2018 – Teacher
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
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