First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

White teachers must confront their biases and reevaluate their instructional practices to ensure they're meeting the needs of students of color, writes Justin Minkel.
August 15, 2018 – Teacher
Seán Arthurs has started off every school year by telling a story about his family’s devotion to the teaching profession and his personal route into the classroom. He writes how sharing his background and values with students fosters connection.
August 15, 2018 – Teacher
New teachers need ongoing, informal mentorship long after teacher-induction programs end, writes Janine McIlheran.
August 8, 2018 – Teacher
Veteran educator Mary Alicia Lyons shares her experiences working with administrators who’ve spanned the spectrum from frustrating to fantastic.
August 8, 2018 – Teacher
Elementary teachers should give students the freedom to find joy, take risks, and process emotions in their writing, says Emily Galle-From.
August 1, 2018 – Teacher
Women face discrimination and sexual harassment in K-12 schools, too, writes Amy Williams. Here’s how male educators can help change the culture that allows these attacks.
August 1, 2018 – Teacher
It’s necessary for teachers to set boundaries between their home and work lives and advocate for themselves, writes Natashia Hill.
July 25, 2018 – Teacher
Even before teachers get to know their students, they have already formed assumptions about them—and low expectations can set students up for failure, writes Melissa Garcia.
July 25, 2018 – Teacher
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

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