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Submit your challenges, frustrations, and teaching questions to our weekly advice column, ‘After the Bell’


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A weekly advice column for K-12 teachers to share their joys, frustrations, and ongoing questions about teaching.

How can I motivate students who tell me they don’t want to be in school? I’m told to support my students’ mental health, but what about my own? 

Why does my district add new programs, when I don’t have enough time as it is? I love teaching but is it time for me to leave the classroom? 

Teachers, if any of these questions have crossed your mind lately, you’re not alone. While you often share the joys that come with being in the classroom, we’ve also heard your exhaustion and frustration.

Following two years of research on your needs, we listened to your calls for support and actionable advice. We witnessed a large shift in what teachers need since the pandemic began and saw your urgent mental health needs grow. That’s why we launched “After the Bell,” a weekly advice column written by veteran educator Dr. Kem Smith

Dr. Kem is a full-time 12th grade English teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. She has 20 years of teaching experience with preschoolers, college students, and everyone in between. Whether you have questions about classroom teaching, navigating relationships with students, parents, or administrators, or the tumultuous climate surrounding education, Dr. Kem is here to help. 

Please fill out the form below to submit your question, or go here if you are on a mobile device.

Thanks for reading “After the Bell.”

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