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Learning to Heal, Learning to Teach
Cohort Community / Dallas / In the Classroom / Summer @ HTF / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Learning to Heal, Learning to Teach

There are days when students suddenly ask about my scar. “Miss! What happened there?” they ask when they notice it — a thick, red line snaking three inches down my right wrist. Boxes of scar removal sheets sit stacked in my medicine cabinet. I laugh and try to make up a different story every time: … Continue reading

What I Learned at the Annual Convention for the National Council of Teachers of English
HTF Alumni / Professional Development / Social Justice / Uncategorized

What I Learned at the Annual Convention for the National Council of Teachers of English

By Reuben Howard, HTF Cohort 2 Fellow, current 8th grade English teacher at Excel Academy in Chelsea, MA. For the past year and a half, I have been embracing more and more my nerdy English teacher identity. What’s better than waking up on Christmas morning for a nerdy English teacher? Spending four whole days with … Continue reading

Don’t Take it Personally
Cambridge / In the Classroom / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Don’t Take it Personally

As I slogged through October and November in my first year of teaching, two pieces of advice stood out. They came from veteran teachers at my school, my middle school principal, and folks from HTF – pretty much all my sources of inspiration and wisdom as a fledgling teacher: 1) Stop beating yourself up 2) … Continue reading

Teaching (and Learning) the Science and Engineering Practices
Cambridge / Coursework / In the Classroom / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Teaching (and Learning) the Science and Engineering Practices

Prior to joining Harvard Teacher Fellows, I wasn’t entirely sure what science teaching was. My middle- and high-school teachers always made it look so simple: they would lecture about the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium, set up drop-traps for insects with us on the school grounds, or explode something. As a student, I always knew I was learning … Continue reading