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.

Hamtramck Academy Principal Alvin Ward helms a school that recently was honored for its progress with some groups of students.
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.
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.
Ronald Sizer is a second-generation machinist, who teaches in the career and technical education program at Benjamin Franklin High School.
After two decades in the classroom, youthful veteran Ericka Payne-Clark has noticed that many students learn best when they’re out of their seats and on their feet.
Steering a school in the era of quarantines and closures has meant staying flexible, getting creative, and finding joy.
Middle-school teacher Sharita Ware, Indiana’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, helps students use STEM lessons to solve real-life problems.
At Bronx International High School, Vanessa Spiegel is teaching students to grow fresh produce for themselves and to help fight food insecurity in their community.
Colorado teacher Christina Mendoza tells how she incorporates her grandpa’s army experience into lessons and what she learned from tribal elders.
The pandemic has been tough on food service workers because of staff and supply shortages
IPS school counselor Aaron Munson is helping students develop coping strategies, catch up on social skills, and mediate conflicts among classmates.
Olga Rosario, is a dual-language kindergarten teacher at Lewis Elkin Elementary School in Kensington. This school year, she is closely observing the development of early learners .
This middle school science teacher believes students don’t have to wait until they’re adults to change the world.
Hector Rodriguez discusses return to school, the importance of being a teacher of color, and learning to seize the moment.
This year marks Chris Coleman’s 21st year in education, and as the executive director of Teach For America Memphis, he’s helping it develop an alumni program to recruit veteran teachers.
Michael Berquist, a theater teacher at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy in Denver, put on virtual productions, helped students act in masks, and found quarantine workarounds during the pandemic.
“My No. 1 goal is to develop positive racial identities in my students,” ninth grade African American History teacher Abigail Henry said
Grassy Creek was recently named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of its efforts to close racial gaps.
Jeanette Delgado is a dual-language teacher in Urbana District 116. This year she is focused on classroom friendships — and getting her students outside.
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