Stories From Educators
Educators share experiences and innovations.
Getting Inside the Heads of Students With Asperger Syndrome
by Dan Coulterposted Feb 09, 2011
- How do you help a student with Asperger Syndrome discover his strengths and thrive in the classroom? Dan Coulter helps teachers understand what goes on inside the head of a student with Asperger Syndrome.
Want Successful Students? Meet the Parents
by Girlie Formanposted Dec 22, 2010
- Girlie Forman shares her personal experience, her sense of humor, and food to connect with her high school students—and their families.
Powerful Learning Grows in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward
by David Ferrisposted Oct 11, 2010
- Our School at Blair Grocery meets crises with open eyes, humble hearts, and social entrepreneurship.
Teens Care for Their Local River, Their Way
by Peter Donaldsonposted Aug 10, 2010
- How do you get teens to care for their local watershed? Peter Donaldson’s carrot is the opportunity to produce smart, hip videos and be the on-air expert.
¡Hola! The Future Is Now
by Michelle Contrerasposted May 05, 2010
- First grade teacher Michelle Contreras uses two-way Spanish immersion and touch therapy to connect with her students.
Why Race Has Everything To Do With Who and How I Teach
by Walter Davisposted Mar 26, 2010
- At Rising S.T.A.R.S. Male Academy in urban Atlanta, Walter Davis uses "real talk" and literature to teach middle school boys of color how to be excellent students and emerge as successful young men.
Growing Good People Through Work, Study, and Community
by Margo Floodposted Jan 26, 2010
- Organic gardens, eco-friendly dorms, and vegetarian eateries are not all that make up Warren Wilson College—an environmentally conscious work college in the rolling hills of Ashville, North Carolina. Rather, as Margo Flood, director of the Environmental Leadership Center puts it, this campus is all about the liberal arts. Learn how Warren Wilson students and teachers strive for a complete education through work, study, and community.
Discovering the Beauty of Teenagers
by John Hasynposted Dec 23, 2009
- We tend to be afraid of those who are different from us. For John Hasyn, it was teenagers. Despite his feelings of intimidation, the Canadian-based photographer chose to work full-on with Inuit youth in Nunavut. What he discovered changed his perspective forever.
Starting with Place: Molokai Students Re-Define their Education
by Vicki Newberryposted Sep 22, 2009
- Head of School and teacher Vicki Newberry brought a place-based curriculum to her independent middle school in Molokai, Hawaii. Now Aka`ula School students thrive as they research and create positive solutions for environmental issues affecting their own community.
Anthropology 101: How to Change the World
by Tom Murphyposted Jun 30, 2009
- Professor Tom Murphy wanted his students to reconnect with nature. Now, they work beside farmers, fishermen, wastewater technicians, environmental groups, and Native American leaders through an award-winning service learning program.
Reconnecting Schools to Real Food
by Chef Tom Frenchposted Apr 10, 2009
- Chef Tom, director of the Experience Food Project, has a broad vision of a new school food system that provides students with healthy food, reconnects them with the source of their meals, and builds bridges between the classroom and the kitchen. Here is Tom’s story.
If You Give a Kid a Shovel
by Joe Gillespieposted Mar 11, 2009
- Joe Gillespie from Crescent City, California, started his first school garden in 1993 with 50 raised beds. Today, he and his middle school students are growing vegetables year-round, monitoring wind turbines, and experiencing the incredible joy of connecting with each other and the land.
Changing the World: One Story at a Time
by Anna Unkovichposted Jan 16, 2009
- For former teacher and Chicken Soup for the Classroom co-author Anna Unkovich, a “nightmare” teaching moment was the key to a more open classroom. Learn how she discovered the value of sharing stories.
Happy Teachers :: Reader Comments
posted Dec 17, 2008
- The Winter 2009 issue of YES! investigates how to be happy … sustainably. We asked you about happiness in the classroom and beyond. Here is what your colleagues say.
Finding Happiness Beyond the Classroom
by Chris Goodmanposted Dec 17, 2008
- At 19, Chris Goodman has worked in the field of education for six years, beginning as a math tutor. Today, he helps inspire students in Baltimore to fight for their rights. Here, he encourages teachers to join their students in campaigning for quality education.