Chase Mielke

Guest Blogger

Teacher, Plainwell Community Schools

Plainwell, Michigan

Chase Mielke is a public high school teacher, as well as trainer and instructional coach, in Plainwell, Michigan. He was a 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year nominee, and is a creator of an award-winning Positive Psychology program for at-risk 10th graders. He blogs at affectiveliving.wordpress.com.

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Posted July 15, 2015

I Just Asked My Students What Kills Their Motivation

“What can we do to motivate our students who need it the most?” my principal recently asked. ​Because I am…

By Chase Mielke

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Posted June 29, 2015

A Graduation That Taught Me to See My Students’ Resilience

My favorite event of the school year is graduation. But it’s not the graduation you are picturing. I love the…

By Chase Mielke

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Posted Apr. 17, 2015

A Teacher’s Open Letter to Himself: Don’t Give Up

Twenty-four of my students are failing. Only two are passing. They are failing in the grade book. They are failing…

By Chase Mielke

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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