Top Teacher Stories: Week of January 18, 2018

Los Angeles teachers march in the rain, the Boston Globe investigates valedictorians, and more.

Top Teacher Stories

Every Friday, the WeAreTeachers editors share our favorite finds and news from the week, from the top teacher stories to must-use discounts and the latest and greatest memes. It gets better: if you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll get these picks before everyone else.

1. Los Angeles teachers strike

View this post on Instagram

Rainy Monday Strike☔🍎 || It's been a big day for The LA School District‼️ || For the first time in 30 Years, tens of thousands of LA teachers 👨‍🏫 are on strike after 21 months of contract negotiations failing ❌ || With the strike In full force and schools still open🚸, the District hired 400 Substitute Teachers and sent 2,000 Credentialed Administrators back into the classrooms🏫🚌 || In addition, there have been enhanced City Services 🙌 during the strike such as Free Public Transit For Students🚇, Expanded Library Programming📚, & Extended Services At Select Recreation Centers || For More Info Head To 💻: || Photos 📷 1-3 By: @alina_rgt • • • #nela #northeastla #happeninginnela #atwatervillage #atwater #eaglerock #glassellpark #cypresspark #lincolnheights #losangeles #LA #exploreLA #discoverLA #echoparklake #happeninginnela #happening #lateachers #lateacherstrike #lausdstrike

A post shared by HappeningInNELA (@happeninginnela) on

And march in the rain for better pay and options for their students. 👊 (Main image credit: @alina_rgt on Instagram)

2. Where have all the valedictorians gone?

The Boston Globe‘s investigation of what happens to top-performing students is a must-read.

3. There goes middle school, giving us 80s vibes

22 Moments From 80s Movies That Sum Up Teaching Middle School

Long live the 80s.

4. A teacher who defaulted on her loans makes a comeback

I Was Struggling With My Student Loans, but Here’s How I’m Climbing Out

This story shouldn’t be as familiar as it is.

5. Reading, writing, and…building houses?

"Students do their homework and then head to their tiny house project to put the principles they’ve learned into practice."

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Yes, say some schools.

6. When you support teachers, you support kids.


Posted by WeAreTeachers on Sunday, January 13, 2019


7. An honest mistake

Whoops. Honest mistake.

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Plus, other stories you may have missed on WeAreTeachers:

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to get our top stories every week! Plus, check out top stories from prior weeks below.

Top Teacher Stories: Week of January 11, 2018

1. Teachers ready to strike in Los Angeles, Denver

2. The things we do behind closed doors

3. What are some alternatives to being in the classroom?

4. Did you hear?

5. When resignation letters go viral

6. The coolest hallways ever.

7. The hardest part about teaching

Top Teacher Stories: Week of December 14, 2018

1. Los Angeles headed toward teacher strike

2. Why teachers don’t use pricy educational software

3. The symbols of teaching past

4. The free printable that could save indoor recess 

5. Kids need to be outside, even in the snow

6. When we want independence, but demand compliance

7. What does a teacher do all day?

Top Teacher Stories: Week of December 7, 2018

1. Should parents eat in the school cafeteria?

2. Put away those classroom Christmas trees

3. The thing we can’t forget about winter break

4. When inclusion gets challenging

5. We’re asking kids to do too much, too soon

6. Best idea ever

7. The surprising affects of teaching

Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 30, 2018

1. Rhode Island students sue for the right to learn civics.

2. Why do teachers leave the profession?

3. Kids born in August are the most likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis

4. We’re giving away thousands in prizes during December

5. New research shows teachers turn to DonorsChoose when faced with budget shortfalls

6. There’s no tired like teacher tired

7. Don’t say it, don’t say it…

Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 16, 2018

1. Teacher heroes sleep overnight at school

2. D.C. teachers leaving in droves

3. What reading 20 minutes a day does to your brain

4. We’re giving away boatloads of Gift Cards

5. Put this in your lesson plans for next week

6. We can’t stop laughing at the answers to this question.

7. From victimhood to agency?

Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 9, 2018

1. Make way; teachers are headed for office

2. What teachers really need

3. What happens when you stop shushing a chatty class?

4. An inspiring way to give back to your community

5. Because we could all use a little more kindness

6. A peer editing anchor chart we love

7. File this one under “unexpected but totally earned teacher skills”

Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 2, 2018

1. Kids in poverty get more screen time, wealthier kids get less

2. South Carolina teachers are poorer now than in 2008

3. Should teachers take mental health days?

4. Need a whiteboard upgrade?

5. The importance of meaningful, focused conversation in the classroom

6. Do charter schools offer better retirement plans?

7. Can we get an amen?

Top Teacher Stories: Week of October 26, 2018

1. Districts turning to creative housing for teachers

2. In related news, teacher salaries in some states are shockingly close to the poverty line

3. Maybe more teachers in office will shift the balance?

4. How these schools are getting their kids up and running—literally

5. What it means to have dyscalculia

6. National Cat Day is on October 29—are you ready?

7. Not a bill, and not junk mail

Top Teacher Stories: Week of October 19, 2018

1. These actual rules for teachers will blow your mind

2. Newsflash: American teachers are not respected

3. Speaking of which…your Aunt Linda should probably read this list

4. What are your dreams for your students?

5. Celebrating the National Day on Writing

6. Is flexible seating overrated?

7. Every. Single. Time.

Top Teacher Stories: Week of October 12, 2018

1. The struggle to manage teacher stress

2. The ultimate teacher hack

3. Are fine motor skills on the decline?

4. Last chance to register for the Mindful Education Summit

5. Definitely the way I will be handling all future graffiti

6. Please don’t take away our planning time

7. What people don’t realize about teaching

Top Teacher Stories: Week of October 5, 2018

1. Crowded classrooms making it harder than ever to teach

2. What happens when kids lock up their phones

3. It’s hygge season, y’all

4. Last chance to win $1,000 for your classroom

5. To friend or not to friend?

6. Where have all the (working) markers gone?

7. Already feeling tired and drained? Here’s one way to reset.

Top Teacher Stories: Week of September 28, 2018

1. Teacher allegedly fired for refusing to follow “no zero” policy

2. Schools reckon with Kavanaugh nomination

3. Give us all of the banned books

4. A math program that gives kids the extra practice they need

5. At last! We have something in common with Kristen Bell

6. How one teacher found a way through tragedy

7. Finally, a moment of levity we could all use

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at

Leave a reply