Describe a teacher or a classroom experience that helped make learning joyful and meaningful for you. Conversely, what message do you have for teachers and administrators who make learning tedious, even painful? How could they make learning more interesting and inspiring?
What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
Read Nancy's essay, "Someone Like Me," about how a classroom visitor helped her share a secret with her classmates.
Read Jennifer's essay, "If You Give a Student a Voice," about two teachers who taught her to love learning.
Read Chiwon's essay, "How to Make a Superhero," about how her "Making It Real" class made her feel like a superhero in training.
Read Salma's essay, "Teaching Students to Shine," about her experience as a Mexican American in an American English class, and how she gained the confidence to let her light shine.
Read Annabel's essay, "What We Learn Tells Us Who We Are," about why stories about transgender people should be included in the curriculum.
Read Noah's essay, "To Learn is to Live," about how self-directed learning inspires him to make the world a better place.
Curtis Acosta responds to the winners of the Spring 2015 "Learning That Matters" essay competition.
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?
If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?
Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?