How I Teach

How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs.

Vote. Use social media to fill classroom needs. Set routines in the classroom. Make every day a fresh start.
Donovan Fountain’s students listen to Croatian rock, Brazilian jazz, and hip hop as part of his music appreciation unit.
Michael Pantone, one of this year’s Big Apple Award winners, teaches theater to students with disabilities at a Brooklyn school in District 75.
Join Chalkbeat on Aug 31, 5-5:45 p.m. ET as Dr. Kem shares her strategies for a successful back-to-school season.
Set professional and personal goals. Find a mentor. Make a date with yourself to follow one of your passions.
Use technology, your school community, and online resources to connect their interests to learning.
It’s harder than ever to juggle all the demands of being a teacher. Advocate for yourself with the administration.
“Young learners are perfectly primed to think about issues of injustice,” Kimi Waite says.
Set boundaries and give yourself permission to recharge.
This spring, Upper Peninsula educator Nanette Hanson was named Michigan’s Teacher of the Year for 2022-23. Read how the honoree has prioritized communities and parents during her over 25 years of teaching.
Submit your challenges, frustrations, and teaching questions to our weekly advice column, ‘After the Bell’
Introducing Dr. Kem: Her new weekly Chalkbeat column is the place for teachers to share joys and frustrations (we know you’ve got them!) and get answers to teaching questions.
A weekly column to share joys and frustrations about teaching. Make it your go-to spot for recharging and new ideas.
Sharita Jerkins wants people to know that her students can do anything. That includes dissecting a frog.
Jessica Tavares says students are more willing to try their best when they can be themselves.
Twin Lakes High School teacher Kim Rosenbaum started a “women in welding” class for female teachers, counselors, and administrators.
Christian Young talks about how he brings current events into his lessons, and the advice that he holds on to.
Melanie De Jesus believes her classes help students develop learning and social skills
Principal Sheldon Reynolds talks about leadership, gifted and talented instruction, and his concerns about a new Denver school board policy on innovation schools.
Her activism as part of an LGBTQ+ group in college prompted her to switch her accounting major to education.
An Ohio educator won top teaching honors this week for his work connecting with high schoolers and crafting relevant history lessons.
Xiomarra Robinson dedicates her time at school to make sure students have what they need to survive.
Assistant principal Natasha Smith considers her KIPP co-workers and students family because they stand together or are “ten toes down for each other.”
Chicago music teacher Trevor Nicholas and his students created an original song and music video. It earned Nicholas a Grammy nod.
2021 Teacher of the Year finalist Adrian Hampton reflects on how he teaches after losing a student to gun violence and facing grieving students and an eerily empty desk.
Hamtramck Academy Principal Alvin Ward helms a school that recently was honored for its progress with some groups of students.
Talena Lachelle Queen focuses on love in her classroom and infuses poetry in her language arts class.
John Gallup, a Jeffco history teacher, is one of 32 American teachers selected for the Auschwitz Legacy Fellowship this year.
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