About Jake Miller

Currently a middle school American history teacher, Mr. Jake Miller has taught all secondary grades 6-12 and all core subjects. He is a leader in his local teacher union and most recently the 2016 Pennsylvania NEA Teacher of Excellence Award and National History Day Middle School Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. Miller's articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and several other periodicals, but he's called TER home since 2012.

Book Review: Teach Like A Champion 2.0

The book Teach Like A Champion is one that many educators have read, or, at the very least, heard of. This especially rings true for our classroom leaders who teach in urban schools. The first edition launched in 2010 by Doug Lemov, a teacher and administrator for the Uncommon Schools initiative, this book chronicles Lemov's attempts to [...]

The Traveling Teacher: Normandy, France

June 6, 1944, D-Day, would be one that forever changed the world. For months, Americans, British, Australian, Canadian, French, and other Allied Powers trained for months when they would invade the Western Front and help turn that Nazi Germans back. The risks, sacrifices, and dividends were beyond measure. So is trying to put to words what it's like [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Featured, Social Studies, The Traveling Teacher|1 Comment

Are Schools Perpetuating America’s Problems?

Nancy Easton, my pastor, began this week's sermon (words / audio) with a clip from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. The man who graced public television from the late '60s through the early millennium drew full attention from an equally diverse audience that was, at the least, aware of the impact of Fred Rogers, and, at most, daily childhood [...]

Damn You, Kid, For Making Me Cry

When the end of the year comes around, we teachers like to take that last snapshot of our classroom and the wonderful contents in it. Sometimes we get more than we bargain for; sometimes tears are shed. This is their story. And damn them for making me cry. On the first day of my [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Featured, Opinion|2 Comments

The Bathroom Battle Is Coming to Your School – Are You Ready?

When the U.S. Dept. of Education issued its "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students," it essentially asserted that transgender bathroom rights will be an issue that schools are expected to solve. This upcoming fall will no doubt make school bathrooms a boiling issue. Will you be ready for it? Schools have not been asked to take up a rights' issue of this magnitude since Brown [...]