10 Must-Read Teacher Stories From the 2010s

The best WeAreTeachers stories of the decade.

Best Stories of the Decade

As we reach the end of the year, we’re looking back not only on 2019, but an entire decade of #teacherlife. And what a ride it’s been. At the beginning of the 2010s, WeAreTeachers was known for its awesome contests. Those are still rocking and rolling, but we’ve added daily articles and printables and amazing social communities on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Here’s a look back at some of our best stories of the decade.

1. We met a new breed of parent.

Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It

This decade saw helicopter parenting become an extreme sport, and teachers were on the front lines.

2. We pinpointed every personality at your faculty meetings.

20 Teacher Personalities You Can Spot at Every Faculty Meeting

Spot on.

3. We gave you the perfect clapbacks for tough conversations about teaching.

Say This, Not That: A Guide to Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations About Teaching

No, Karen, teaching kindergarten is NOT just playing with blocks.

4. We argued for more comfortable work wear.

Seriously, Though, Teachers Should Be Allowed to Wear Jeans

Jeans day, every day.

5. We explained the real reasons why so many teachers leave their jobs.

Why Teachers Quit

Because burnout is real.

6. We led with compassion.

The Secret to Classroom Management—No Matter Where You Teach

It won’t cure everything in your classroom, but it’s a start.

7. We shed light on actual rules teachers have to follow.

The Craziest School Rules for Teachers … Yes, These Actually Exist!

Micromanagement, much?

8. We found the best grades to teach.

11 Reasons Why Teaching Middle School Is the Best Job Ever

(Sorry, elementary and high school teachers.)

9. We got serious on the BIG problems facing public education.

9 Things Teachers Need If We’re Going to Save Public Education

This list is a must read for those in public policy.

10. We explored the long-lasting impact of childhood trauma.


Trauma-informed teaching is here to stay.

We’ll be sharing more of our best stories of the decade on our Facebook page, so come and give us a follow—and be sure to join our private WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group, too.