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.

Teaching Class (With Class)

  In the past, we’ve explored the “10 Ways to Fix Education” mini-series. We’re resurrecting this topic, and one way I'd like to fix education is teaching class (with class). This homophone highlights two items that should be at the forefront of our working memory and, well, our work. The first association – class, a noun [...]

The Teacher Olympics – 35 Summer Events For Every Educator

With Rio upon us and, for some, the advent of another school year, I wondered what it would be like if our first days of in-service were summer Olympic-based... if only we could compete in: The Testing Proctor Decathlon - remove or cover all posters, sign in, secure your tests, take attendance, distribute pencils, read [...]

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 [...]