About Jake Miller

Mr. Jake Miller, a 7th grade American history teacher who has taught all secondary grades (6-12) and all core subjects, is the 2016 National History Day Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and a 2017 NEA Teacher of Excellence Award recipient. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and several other periodicals, but he has called TER home since 2012. Miller will take his talents on the road when TER opens its consulting wing in 2017.

How “Big Ed” Could Ruin America

There’s been much-to-do with EpiPens in the news these past few weeks. As the company Mylan has raised the price of the life-saving, anti-allergen medicine from $100 to $600, there have been more than 1,700 articles claiming everything it costs $30 to manufacture to denouncing the teachers’ union for being complicit in the calamity. Seriously. This [...]

The 600 Pound Gorilla in the Room: Dealing with Educator Sexual Misconduct

If there is one topic that educators don't want to talk about, it is educator sexual misconduct. It is disturbing and disgusting to think that individuals who are hired to help, encourage, and teach students would think to do anything so profane. In fact, it makes me sick to my stomach just writing about this. [...]

Time to End Students’ Need for Instant Gratification

When you were in your educational psychology class a few years back, you probably learned about instant gratification. This behavior, at heart, is when we pursue what we want, when we want it. Often, that means now. The primal need couldn't be more evident in our school children - and it's up to us educators to redirect it. [...]

Teaching Outside Your Classroom

In my last article "Teaching Class (with Class)," I explored the varied definitions of class: one a group of students we teach, another a way to uphold one's self with students (and the public, in general). This week, we're going to explore methods on how to move the public pendulum outside of school with these [...]

A Letter to My Students On First Amendment Rights

Dear Students, You have - or will soon learn about - the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. Adopted just prior to Christmas 1791 as the first part of the Bill of Rights, it reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; [...]