Great teachers work best when they work together. TNTeacherTalk is a place for Tennessee teachers to connect, share our stories, and learn from one another. Join us as we discuss the issues affecting Tennessee students, teachers, and communities.

In the Classroom
How I’ve Learned to Take Care of Myself While Teaching Students Impacted by Trauma
May 24, 2018
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How I’ve Learned to Take Care of Myself While Teaching Students Impacted by Trauma

Candace Hines
@Mrs_C_Hines

Just as most clothes are not one size fits all, teaching students that have been impacted by trauma is not a one size fits all situation. Each case must be treated very differently. One student may benefit from gentle reminders, private conversations, or social stories which give students an example of how to positively handle situations in the future. Another student may respond to firm consequences, consistent routines, or reflection journals.
In the Classroom
Middle Schoolers are Awesome! (Seriously!)
May 17, 2018
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Middle Schoolers are Awesome! (Seriously!)

Mary-Owen Holmes
@MsHolmesTeach

``What do you do?” “I teach seventh grade!”     “Oh, bless your heart!” As a middle school teacher, I have that conversation a lot. People imagine middle school to be full of scary, hormonal children. They’re not completely wrong, but they are missing how awesome tweens and teens can be.
Policy
ALL means ALL: Except TN Dreamers
May 3, 2018
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ALL means ALL: Except TN Dreamers

Lynnsey Metcalf
@SterchiMetcalf

My name is Josue. I am 3 months old. My family snuck into the United States in the trunk of a car trying to escape drug wars and violence. Like most parents, they have big dreams for me. They want Freedom and Opportunity to be available to me. As we make our way through Texas to Arkansas headed to the Promised Land  in Tennessee, they inch closer to making their dreams for me a reality.
In the Classroom Professional Learning
Summers Off?
April 29, 2018
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Summers Off?

Al Feldblum
@afeldblum

It took me a few years to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I found that I had a passion for coaching football. High school football. What better way to live my passion than be a high school teacher. I made the decision to get an undergrad degree in education and become a teacher.
In the Classroom
Grading Students on Growth
April 15, 2018
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Grading Students on Growth

Rachel Turner
@ChattanoogaChat

Iwasn’t born with the natural ability to ride a bike. Luckily my parents bought me one anyway and taught me, over time, how to ride. The first few times, I crashed and burned. I still have a scar on one of my knees from a nasty fall. But my parents were so patient and kept encouraging me to try again. Over time, I progressively improved my bicycle riding skills. While I never mastered this skill well enough to enter the BMX World Championships, I learned it well enough to survive while riding down the road!
In the Classroom
You Are More Than a Test Score
April 6, 2018
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You Are More Than a Test Score

Casey Dove
@CaseyMDove

As time for standardized testing draws nearer, you often hear a speech to kids that encourage them to do their best because they are so much more than one test score. There is incredible truth in that statement. Students are artists, athletes, musicians, student councilmen and so much more.
Leadership Policy
The Need for a Social Studies Coordinator
April 4, 2018
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The Need for a Social Studies Coordinator

Jeff Gray
@iteachushistory

Let me briefly introduce myself to you. I am a twenty-five-year veteran teacher and have taught social studies in Tennessee for thirteen years. I’ve also taught for six years as an adjunct professor in a college of education and am currently a Tennessee Hope Street Group Fellow. In addition, I am the founder of the First Tennessee History Alliance which provides monthly professional development opportunities for teachers in the First CORE Region.
Policy
Wishing for Wakanda: Building Bridges in Education
March 28, 2018
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Wishing for Wakanda: Building Bridges in Education

Amanda Arnold
@Amanda_Arnold77

``In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -T’Challa, Black Panther
In the Classroom Professional Learning
The Power of a Mentor
March 24, 2018
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The Power of a Mentor

Dr. Beth Gotcher
@beth_gotcher

Being a new teacher is an exciting and invigorating time yet can also be filled with stress and uncertainty. Beginning teachers enter their first classroom bubbling with hopes and ideas for their students. However, new teachers are also filled with a variety of unanswered questions. How do I make copies? What do I do if I’m sick? What instructional resources am I required to use? Where do I go for a fire drill? These are just a few of the countless questions that come up throughout a teacher’s first year which are not answered in a college classroom.
Policy
Students and Teachers Deserve a Fear-Free Environment
March 20, 2018
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Students and Teachers Deserve a Fear-Free Environment

Stacy Jones
@stacyjonestned

Following the recently publicized fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida, most major media outlets—including CBS, NBC, and ABC—reported the number of school shootings to date this year as 18. That number was derived from Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit group, co-founded by Michael Bloomberg.