Help! Should I Come Out to My New School?

Dear WeAreTeachers:After relocating for my wife’s job over the summer, I’ll be teaching in a new district. I’m worried about recent coming out at my new school—especially with fearmongering about teachers’ agendas—to students or coworkers. It’s not as if I’m planning on announcing that to my students (in the same way a straight teacher wouldn’t … Read more

Help! Should I Come Out to My New School?

Dear WeAreTeachers:After relocating for my wife’s job over the summer, I’ll be teaching in a new district. I’m worried about recent coming out at my new school—especially with fearmongering about teachers’ agendas—to students or coworkers. It’s not as if I’m planning on announcing that to my students (in the same way a straight teacher wouldn’t … Read more

Best Classroom Tables, as Recommended by Teachers

Encouraging collaboration among students is a great way to help them learn and build social skills. Finding a work surface that can stand the demands of a classroom can be tough, though. Schools don’t want to invest in classroom furniture that will fall apart in a few months, or worse, a few weeks. We put … Read more

What I Wish Teachers Knew About Highly Gifted Students

For the last seven years, I’ve had the immense privilege of teaching middle school English at Spring Branch Academic Institute (SBAI) in Houston. SBAI was created as a public charter school by the district, Spring Branch ISD, to meet the needs of its highly and profoundly gifted children. Our K-8 students take all their core … Read more

How To Tackle and Teach It

If the phrase “school bathroom” makes you shudder, you’re not alone. Public restrooms are notoriously iffy at the best of times, and school bathrooms can be some of the worst. Some of the gross factor can be chalked up to kids who are too little to know better. In other cases, it’s a lack of … Read more