Help! Teacher of the Year Is a Popularity Contest

Dear WeAreTeachers:I’ve been a fifth-grade teacher for the past decade, all at my current school. I’m active in the PTA and on various school committees, and parents and kids love me. I didn’t get into this job for recognition, but I can’t pretend it doesn’t hurt to get passed over time and again for Teacher … Read more

Educators’ Questions About Vaping Answered

We don’t typically talk about vaping in teacher prep programs. And yet, as we all know, vaping now impacts the classroom experience in most middle and high schools. The practice is so prevalent among tweens and teens that the United States Surgeon General declared e-cigarettes among youth an epidemic in 2018. Teachers nationwide worry about … Read more

AAPI Heritage Month Activities for Students of All Ages

Since 1990, May has been designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month was chosen to honor the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843. The transcontinental railroad, which was largely built by Chinese immigrants, was also completed on May 10, 1869. Given the … Read more

Don’t Think Too Much –

Alan Watts: Don’t Think Too Much Full Transcript “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So, he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusions. By thoughts, I mean specifically, chatter in the skull. Perpetual and compulsive repetition of words, of reckoning and calculating. I’m … Read more

Bird Books for Kids, as Recommended by Teachers

Do you know a child who has a fascination with the chirps and tweets they hear outside their window? Are they constantly stopping to peer up at a winged friend on a wire? Kids who take time to notice birds should be nurtured in their love for the fantastically interesting avian world. These bird books … Read more

My Student has a Crush on Me and I’m Freaking Out

Dear WeAreTeachers:I’m a 24-year-old high school teacher. Today, one of my 18-year-old female students stopped me after class, waited until everyone left, and said, “I think I have a crush on you.” I played it cool and asked her to continue coming to my class (she immediately said she was too embarrassed to do so). … Read more

How To Sync Your Classroom

by TeachThought Staff In just the last decade, the image of technology in the classroom has shifted from rows of desktops in a dedicated computer lab (all facing the same direction) to one where a variety of different devices coexist, often uneasily, in and out of the lab . The role of the teacher, on … Read more

End of Year Behavior Issues and How to Address Them

There is no tired like end-of-the-school-year teacher tired. There are so many reasons why it’s so exhausting, but the most common reason of all is the end-of-the-year student behaviors that can sometimes seem impossible to manage. From our students’ lack of focus to disregard for rules that were previously easy to enforce, student behaviors that … Read more