Classroom Culture

Posted Apr. 20, 2017
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My Name Is Tom. I’ve Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My Ass Kicked Nearly Every Day.

The danger of pretending it’s easy, of pretending we have the right answers is that struggle too quickly feels like failure.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 19, 2017
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I Created a Lasting Bond With My Students and All It Took Was These 3 Little Things

It’s been almost three years since the last time my job title was classroom teacher, and I miss it terribly. Like many teachers, my students…

By Chawanna B. Chambers

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017
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My Eighth-Grade Teacher Said I Would Become a Teacher Like Her One Day and I Didn’t Believe Her

I can never pinpoint a single reason I chose teaching, but sometimes I wish I could. When I listen to fellow educators recount their stories,…

By Chawanna B. Chambers

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Posted Mar. 27, 2017
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Critical Thinking Should Not Be a Luxury: 3 Strategies for Unleashing the Potential of Every Student

I read “The Scarlet Letter” in high school, and we sat in our rows and went through the same old exercises. We read it, summarized…

By Colin Seale

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017
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Our Political Leaders Might Be Sleep But My Students Are Woke

Leaders within our new administration seem to be embracing a revisionist narrative of our country’s tortured history with race that is at best uninformed, and…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Mar. 2, 2017
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Every Classroom Should Be a Safe Space for Students. That’s Why We Started Community Circles.

Increased raids from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and new orders from Homeland Security to deport millions of immigrants impact my classroom on a daily…

By Mark Gozonsky

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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5 Tips for Teaching AP in a High-Poverty, Urban School

It’s 8:45 a.m. and a creative AP English teacher greets her students with handshakes and high fives. But they’re not as energetic as she is…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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Posted Nov. 23, 2016
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Is Your Class Still Talking About the Election? Here Are 4 Tips to Make the Conversation Productive.

President-elect Trump. That’s our reality. I’m not going to talk to you about how we got here. Others have done plenty of that since the…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016
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Our Native American Students Need to See Themselves in What We Teach

It’s a weekday in mid-September, and most of the students on my reservation are out of school for the day. This free time for students…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted Oct. 10, 2016
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A Teacher Who Almost Quits and Realizes That ‘Just Loving the Kids Was Not Enough’

I recently sat down with a teacher after her three years in two different elementary schools. One was a high-performing suburban charter, and the other…

By Peter Huidekoper

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017
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It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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