First year teaching

Posted Apr. 13, 2020

We’re All First-Year Teachers Now, And Our First Lesson Should Be Grace

As I gathered materials to take home on what should have been our second day back from spring break, my school’s first-year English teacher, McKenna…

By Dylan Huisken

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Posted Jan. 6, 2020

27 Mistakes White Teachers of Black Students Make and How to Fix Them

A few years back, I was in my room meeting parents during an open house, just days before the school year started. A woman walked…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Sep. 18, 2019

Yes, You Can Have a Great First Year of Teaching, Just Ask Chicago’s Asia-Ana Williams

Last year, rookie English teacher Asia-Ana Williams became the poster child for Opportunity Schools, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) effort to match teacher talent with…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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Posted July 29, 2019

6 Things New Teachers Can Do Now to Start the Year Off Right

I was beyond excited when I accepted my first teaching position. I had worked hard all of those years, completed my student teaching, passed the…

By Tyler Harms

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Posted June 5, 2019

Congratulations, You Will Never Have to Do Your First Year of Teaching Again

I want to take a moment to shout out all the first-year teachers out there who made it through what was, in all likelihood, one…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 31, 2019

I’m a Better Educator Than I Was 11 Years Ago, But I Still Feel Like an Imposter

While attending a local charity event, it happened. It’s the moment every teacher dreads. It’s the unexpected scenario that stops us in our tracks as…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Apr. 30, 2019

How John Singleton’s ‘Boyz n the Hood’ Changed the Way I Teach

I am not a movie person. I don’t go to the movies much and when I do, I often forget them rapidly. That’s not what…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 2, 2019

New to Teaching? These 4 Tips Will Improve Your Classroom

I’m still less than a year into my new role as a teacher coach specializing in supporting first-year teachers, but here are four things that…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 19, 2018

Three Things I Learned in My First Year as a Principal and a New Year’s Resolution

If you ask an educator to think back to their first year of teaching, you will probably get a wide range of reactions, but the…

By Jessica Yiannos

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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