First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

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
All students have the ability to become self-taught experts, writes Mary M. McConnaha, and technology provides the tools.
October 3, 2018 – Teacher
Violence and disrespect toward women is learned behavior, writes Justin Minkel, and teachers can show boys a better way.
October 1, 2018 – Teacher
Conferences can put both parents and teachers on the defensive. Education writer and consultant Lisa Westman offers a step-by-step guide for facilitating the meeting when emotions are running high.
September 26, 2018 – Teacher
With Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh facing sexual assault allegations, teachers must make room for conversations around harassment, consent, and the #MeToo movement, writes education professor Jennifer Rich.
September 20, 2018 – Teacher
Social media can be a tool for classroom collaboration and connection, but small mistakes can have devastating consequences. A former educator shares best practices for protecting students’ privacy online.
September 19, 2018 – Teacher
Teacher observations can be stressful and feel deeply personal, writes Justin Minkel. He suggests how teachers can best prepare for an observer’s visit—and how they can manage feelings of self-doubt.
September 18, 2018 – Teacher
Most preservice teachers are young, white women. Before taking over classrooms, they need to learn the histories of communities different than their own, writes professor Jennifer Rich.
September 12, 2018 – Teacher
As teacher David Rockower returns to the classroom this fall, so will his son and daughter. In a letter to his children's teachers, he shares his hopes for the year ahead.
September 12, 2018 – Teacher
Laptops give students the ability to get feedback and revise in real time, says this English teacher.
September 5, 2018 – Teacher
Student-centered learning may be in vogue, but it doesn’t support academic growth, writes this veteran educator. Schools should stick with teacher-led instruction.
September 5, 2018 – Teacher
Putting guns in the hands of school staff could lead to fatal mistakes and leave students with emotional scars, writes retired teacher Chuck Cascio.
August 28, 2018 – Teacher
July 25, 2018 – Teacher

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