by Monte Syrie | 5.16.19
I wanted a daily way to check in with kids, so I started a practice called ‘smiles and frowns.’ I started off this year telling kids, ‘There’s nothing more important than the humans in the room, so we start with the humans in the room.’
by Wendy Turner | 4.4.19
I am known as a warrior of social-emotional learning. I always say my teaching puts SEL first – and empathy is a critical component. People ask me all the time how I build empathy in the classroom. The answer is one day at a time, one experience at a time, with great intention, focus and practice.
by Ciji Thurman | 1.18.19
I loved my winter break, and it’s important to make full use of the times we have off, but we also need to work that self-care into the weeks and months when we’re busy teaching.
by Kareem Farah | 9.11.18
A couple of years ago, I started my fourth year of teaching high school math at a new school in Washington, D.C. What struck me right away was the diversity of learning levels in my classroom. More specifically, how many of my new students believed they just didn’t belong in a math classroom at all.
by George Christopher | 8.2.18
I want my son to have a teacher who looks at him and sees what I see. And I have to be that teacher for my students.
by Jorge Pacheco Jr. | 5.2.18
I’m a firm believer that it’s never too early to start teaching kids about empathy, love, race, class and gender.
by Tanya Hill | 4.27.18
We all come into teaching because we care about children. When I started teaching 21 years ago, it took a while to learn that taking care of my kids also means taking care of myself.
by Andrea Bazemore | 11.6.17
Teaching can be exhausting, but if I get stressed out, or if it’s the middle of the year and I’m dragging my feet, I make sure to bring my focus back to my kids.
by Sharif El-Mekki | 8.15.17
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” —Angela Davis
by Vivett Dukes | 4.22.17
“There’s so much power in the transparency of asking, ‘I don’t know about your culture – will you tell me about it?’”