First Person

Personal essays by teachers.

Teachers work their magic with students all the time, building community and trust. What would school be like if principals worked that same magic with teachers, wonders Jonathon Medeiros.
October 9, 2019 – Teacher
It's high time to question the place of Shakespeare in our classrooms, writes middle school teacher Christina Torres. Our kids deserve to study stories that represent and validate their experiences and cultures. But throwing the Bard out entirely isn't the answer either.
October 1, 2019 – Teacher
Teachers' passion and charisma influence the way students experience a class. But teachers aren’t "born" knowing how to inspire children in a classroom setting, writes Ariel Sacks.
September 25, 2019 – Teacher
Colin Turner thought he understood the dynamics of race and privilege. Until one of his students called him out for some insensitive comments he'd made in class.
September 17, 2019 – Teacher
Teacher Justin Minkel used to dream of the magical day when teaching would feel so much easier. He's realized that that day won't arrive, but something powerful takes its place: The insight, skill and big heart to be a better teacher.
September 11, 2019 – Teacher
When students organized a drive to register their fellow students on campus, they found their voice and their power, writes teacher Jacqulyn Whang.
September 4, 2019 – Teacher
As a Latina educator and parent, Victoria Onodera wishes she’d gotten a welcome-back letter from school leaders that acknowledged families' fears in this political climate. So she wrote one.
August 26, 2019 – Teacher
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

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