Teacher Stories

Educators Share Experiences and Innovations

If You Give a Kid a Shovel
by Joe Gillespie
Joe Gillespie started his first school garden in 1993 with 50 raised beds. Today, he and his middle school students grow veggies year-round and monitor wind turbines.
Changing the World: One Story at a Time
by Anna Unkovich
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 and sharing stories.
Happy Teachers :: Reader Comments
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 Goodman
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.
The Power of Youth
by Heather Box
League of Young Voters' Heather Boxer is a huge believer in the right and responsibility to vote—and the power of young people to change this country. This is Heather's story.
Finding Your Voice Through Food
by Karen Cherubini
Karen Cherubini's third graders accepted the EPA's challenge to reduce their carbon footprint by making different food choices. They also learned how asking questions can change your life. This is Karen’s story.
Students as Citizen Diplomats
by Brendan Clarke
Since 1986, Bainbridge Island, WA, has maintained a strong relationship with its sister city Ometepe, Nicaragua. Instead of just learning about foreign relations, students and teachers forge their own personal connections. Here are their stories.
Teaching Global Warming in Tumwater
by Jana Dean
Jana Dean tells her inspiring story of what happened when she took teaching about climate change beyond the text books. What happens when you pause and listen to your student's fears and allow space for them to work through their feelings of powerlessness? In Tumwater they created a new recycling system for the entire school.
Teacher as Cultural Broker
by Jane Dalton
Understanding and interpreting the cultures of second language learners in our schools is growing increasingly difficult as our student population becomes more diverse. Jane Dalton reports on a weeklong renewal seminar at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), where teachers were introduced to the culture of Latino and Hispanic students.
The Balkan Journalist Dialogues
by Joanne M. Lisosky, Ph.D
Educating for Eco-Justice in an Era of Ecological Uncertainty
by Chet A. Bowers
The following paper was written by Chet A. Bowers, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, at the University of Oregon. Professor Bowers’ most recent books include The Culture of Denial (1997); Let Them Eat Data (2000); and Educating for Eco-Justice and Community (2001); and Detras de la Apariencia: Hacia la Descolonizacion de la Educacion (2002).