Celebrating Educator Voices & Stories on Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We’re celebrating by elevating educator voices and stories through the Art of Teaching Project. If you haven’t explored it already, the Art of Teaching Project is a platform for educators to connect with peers and share advice, strategies, and narratives through blog posts. Educators from across the country, with a variety of roles and experience levels, have contributed to the project.

Before you explore some of their stories, we encourage you to consider joining their ranks by sharing your story on the platform. You can also interact with guest bloggers by commenting on their posts.

Here are a few educator stories from the Art of Teaching Project to spark some reflection this Teacher Appreciation Week:

Pushing the Boundaries of the Teaching Profession

By Math Teacher Dylan Kane

“Every teacher has a mental model of the type of teacher they aspire to be. When I first started teaching, I had an idea of what I wanted my classroom to look like, based on classes I’d observed, my ideas of effective teaching, and my own school experiences. My improvement in the classroom was largely based on trying to move toward my mental model of effective teaching, happening in fits and starts with occasional breakthroughs. The real improvement came as I expanded my mental model of what great teaching is.”

What I Would Tell My Younger Teacher Self

By Susan Barber, AP Literature Teacher

You don’t have to know all of the answers. I thought not knowing an answer would be seen as a sign of weakness, but instead I have come to realize that it is a sign of strength. Saying “I don’t know but let’s find the answer together” models vulnerability to students which can set the tone for a community of learners.”

3 Keys to Making Digital Learning More Effective

By David Geurin, Principal

“If you are an educator who is fortunate enough to have access to digital devices for all your students to use, be ready to take steps to teach the procedures and routines that will help create success for using these tools in learning. It’s important to establish and maintain boundaries. And it’s also important to never make assumptions about what your students may or may not know about using the devices.”

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