As a teacher, I understand the power behind using our voices but I also know that speaking up as a teacher can be very difficult. The voices of teachers are something that we always need more of and these teachers in 2016 did just that with stories on why they were called to teach, how educators can continue to make a difference and some advice for their colleagues.
Veteran teacher Tom Rademacher gets real with new teachers. He’s in his 10th year in the classroom and says it still hasn’t gotten easy but it’s worth it.
In this post, Philadelphia principal Sharif El-Mekki sincerely asks, “If you want to have the largest, most sustained impact on society, why not teach?”
And then, of course, we all remember that moment we were called into teaching. Teacher Amanda Austin reminiscences on her first year of teaching and all its ups and downs.
Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow Kevin Cormier isn’t afraid to talk about the need for accountability. Cromier writes about his #ObserveMe experience—a campaign started by teacher Robert Kaplinsky who posted a sign outside of his classroom inviting anyone to observe him at any time he was teaching, and offering three points on which he would like feedback.
In the wake of another police shooting of a Black man, Philando Castile, Maddie Fennel writes a thoughtful and heartfelt post to her students: “I promise…Your teacher is ‘woke’ and I won’t be silent.”
Find out why teacher Monica Washington says teachers really count down to break: “Great teachers don’t count down because we don’t love the job. We count down because we do.”
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