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 Feb. 26, 2021

February Is Black History Month. Periodt.

I swear I wasn’t trying to end Black History Month with white people and skinfolk that ain’t kinfolk foolery but … Yesterday my homie, Dr.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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