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 Nov. 30, 2020

Without Data, We Can’t Fight for Our Students’ Futures

Sometimes, data can seem pesky. Just ask the folks who continue to suggest that coronavirus spikes are merely the result of increased testing. “You know…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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