Posts filed under: Teacher Reflections

Come on in, we’re daydreaming!

A few weeks ago, I had the most amazing conversation with a group of 4th graders. We were revisiting a list of classroom behaviors we made together at the beginning of the school year. We had grouped the list into...
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Mike Mangiaracina: The Poetry of Phenomena

With this post, we’re delighted to kick off a new feature to our blog. Each month, Mike Mangiaracina – an elementary-school science teacher – will reflect on the many connections that can be found within his classroom, between teacher, student, and their...
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Jamie Raskin’s Reflection: “In Memory of W.B. Yeats”

On November 8th, Jamie Raskin was elected to Congress representing Maryland’s 8th District. Not only is Jamie a gifted legislator, he is a teacher and a contributor to Teaching with Heart.  In his reflection, Jamie describes how when his mother...
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Teacher Reflection: Persistence

It’s just after spring break when I scrawl this poem on the whiteboard. We are three-quarters through the school year, but for many students it feels like it’s already over. For the dejected and the defeated, the ones whose grades...
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Teacher Reflection: Hope and the Teacher

Hope and the Teacher — José Luis Vilson My colleague asked me point-blank: “You’re saying you don’t think you’re having an effect on kids?” I guess I should have been more poignant. I’m also not one for small talk, an...
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Teacher Reflection: Resilience

Resilience: On Working and Mothering — Emily Brisse We have been having conversations lately, my son and I. Last night while I was putting on his pajamas, it was about the man on the road walking his dog. A week...
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Teacher Reflection: Fostering Gratitude in the Classroom

A Miracle in the Classroom — by Owen M. Griffith As one veteran teacher told me, “Getting through the school year is like running a marathon where they expect you to sprint the whole 26.2 miles.” I knew I would need...
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Teacher Reflections: Mel Glenn

Teaching Retired Teachers By Mel Glenn It is reputed that Kurt Vonnegut once said, “When I grew up I realized all adults, male or female, are emotionally 14.” After teaching two groups of retired teachers in my United Federation of...
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What Went Well

Kids want us, not just our information! Standards-based curriculum and pedagogy are the #1 priorities in our schools, but they are only part of what helps children grow up happy, whole, and successful. Who we are in our classrooms has...
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What Teachers Make

Taylor Mali has become a voice that speaks for teachers. He is a National Poetry Slam Winner where his material derives from his work in the classroom. He also was literally the “voice over” for a U.S. Department of Education...
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