First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

Experimenting with new types and arrangements of furniture can radically change your students' classroom experience, writes Julia Cin.
August 21, 2019 – Teacher
In the wake of recent shootings linked to white supremacy and an uptick in hate crimes, we need to teach students to actively work against racism, writes Christina Torres.
August 21, 2019 – Teacher
An unexpected friendship with the author and Nobel laureate gave this professor—and her preservice teachers and their middle school students—insight into Morrison’s talents as a teacher.
August 13, 2019 – Teacher
When students begin to value their own improvement, and see their weaknesses as opportunities, the grades will come, writes teacher Stephanie Curtis.
August 6, 2019 – Teacher
Whether writing for an audience or reflecting for themselves, teachers can make sense of life in the classroom by putting pen to paper, says Justin Minkel.
July 30, 2019 – Teacher
After years of working for white principals and feeling sidelined and misunderstood, teacher Gemayel Hazard sought out a principal of color. Now, both his and his students’ needs are being fully addressed, he writes.
July 23, 2019 – Teacher
Time pressures cause some teachers to ignore important components of literacy, writes 1st grade teacher Brittany Oakley. Explicit vocabulary instruction is one of them.
July 10, 2019 – Education Week
Reading an excerpt of a book is like looking at a corner of a painting, writes teacher Ariel Sacks. Students miss out on the experience of the piece as it was intended.
June 26, 2019 – Teacher
This principal says she’s had a front-row seat to incidents showing why we should be seriously concerned about the use of standardized tests to measure learning.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
In teachers’ lounges and copy rooms all over the country, teachers complain about their students. But it’s toxic for students, and for teachers’ feelings about their work, writes Lauren Vargas.
June 12, 2019 – Teacher
Every teacher should make time to answer an existential question, writes Justin Minkel: Who are we when we’re not teaching?
June 5, 2019 – Teacher
All students should have the chance to follow their passions and explore their curiosity, write teachers Stephanie Curtis and Adrienne Stanley.
May 22, 2019 – Teacher
Teacher licensure exams push many aspiring teachers of color out of the profession before they have a chance to start, writes Emery Petchauer.
May 7, 2019 – Teacher
The gap between what children in poverty need and what their teachers are able to give them is too vast for any teacher to fill, writes Justin Minkel.
April 30, 2019 – Teacher
March 12, 2019 – Teacher

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