About Jake Miller

Mr. Jake Miller teaches middle school history near Harrisburg, PA. He is the 2016 National History Day Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and a 2017 NEA Foundation Teacher of Excellence. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, WeAreTeachers, and several other periodicals, but Miller has called TER home since 2012.

Test Scores > Hungry Kids? PA Teacher Fired for Making Pancakes

Welcome to 2018, where schools are permitted to hold pep rallies for students to "get them excited" about standardized tests (like that ever worked!?), but if a teacher makes his students - 95% of whom are free and reduced lunch - pancakes during the tests, that leads to him being fired. Seriously. This isn't an [...]

10 Thoughts During a Failed Lesson

Thought 1: "I like this lesson" It might not be my best, but I'm satisfied with it. It's educational. It's collaborative. There's some entertainment value. It certainly is important to their lives and what we've been previously talking about. It'll be successful. Thought 2: "What the h*#%! is going on here?!" It doesn't seem like [...]

I Used To Teach on $30,000: Supporting West Virginia and Oklahoma Strikes

Like most college graduates in 2005, I was just glad to have a job in education. Better yet that I was hired at my Alma mater school, nestled in the coal region of Pennsylvania. Here I knew the teachers, the culture, and the community. But I still remember a conversation my uncle, who just retired [...]