Michelle Pearson

Guest Blogger

Teacher

Thornton, Colorado

Michelle Pearson is the 2011 Colorado State Teacher of the Year and a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. She is is a middle school social studies teacher in the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Thornton, Colorado, where she has been teaching for 25 years.

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Posted Jan. 7, 2021

We Have to Teach About What Happened at the Capitol Yesterday

I sat yesterday after school watching the news, Twitter and my email, mortified by the actions unfolding in our nation’s…

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Posted Dec. 28, 2020

As 2020 Comes to a Close, We Are Tired and Inspired

It was that kind of day. Parents and teachers know the one: the day before the holiday break. The day…

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Posted Nov. 13, 2020

I Found Out One of My Students Tested Positive for COVID and My Heart Sank

I was so excited last week. Exhausted, like so many of us are, but just plain happy. As my students…

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

20 Years After Columbine, I Still Have to Worry About My Students’ Safety

Before I left school yesterday, I looked at my classroom. Not to check and make sure the floor was clean,…

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Posted Oct. 23, 2018

If You Really Want to Make America Great Again, Stop Ignoring Social Studies

It’s funny how a student can make you pause and think hard about something you teach. Recently, I didn’t just…

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

No Thanks, Mr. President. I Will Never Carry a Gun to School.

President Trump, I heard about your offer to allow teachers to carry guns in schools. You even offered us training…

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Posted Oct. 5, 2017

I’m Trying to Teach My Students That Mass Shootings Aren’t Normal, But It’s Getting Harder

At 7:30 Monday morning a faculty announcement rang out over the PA system. “Report to the cafeteria for an informational…

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Posted Aug. 1, 2017

I Never Thought Gifted and Talented Kids Could Be At-Risk Too, Until My Son Said He Wanted to Drop Out of School

It’s almost the end of the summer and I realize that the professional development I have been in has been…

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Posted May 9, 2017

Skip the Coffee Card: I’d Rather Have This for Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week again. No doubt we will be treated to a flood of posts on social media, abundant…

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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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