First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

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
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
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