The Art of Teaching:
Sharing Educator Stories

In a continually changing landscape, teachers endure by adapting, improving, and overcoming challenges. Guided by research, data, experience, and passion, they seek to mold and inspire future generations. It is this blend—the art of teaching coupled with the science of learning—that we seek to encourage, foster, and celebrate.

Enjoy reading and watching the real stories of educators below and consider sharing your own.

If you want to connect further with PreK–12 educators across the United States, join our Educators' Community.

Read Real Stories

Discover the stories of educators across the country in the Art of Teaching project. In this guest blog, real PreK–12 educators—like those below—discuss their classroom successes, failures, fears, goals, and strategies as they endeavor to shape their students' lives.

You can join the ranks of inspiring teachers by sharing your own story.

Errica Dotson-Hooper
Educator from California

"I believe that this year, educators have been given a box of fabric scraps, with little direction and no drawn-out pattern — only a mandate to get it done. It is up to us to boldly design our own vision for how we will bring purpose and intention to the work we are now been tasked to complete."

Skylar Primm
Environmental Educator from Wisconsin

"New modalities for teaching require new procedures and rituals. Hugs become air hugs. Talking pieces become individualized. And browser crashes become just a temporary setback to be overcome."

Daphne McMenemy
STEM Educator from Ontario

"I've always believed that our students should be given opportunities to lead their own learning, to ask questions and have the tools and materials necessary to explore the answers, to learn in an environment where I don't know is not failure, but a chance instead to find out."

Inspiring Messages From Teachers and Administrators

In these videos, teachers and administrators go through their daily routines as they reflect on the biggest lessons they've learned about the art of teaching or the science of learning.

Do you have a story to share? Or lessons you've learned? Share your story with us and help inspire others.

Science of Learning

On meeting challenges
"Over the course of my career, I will meet thousands of young minds…One of my biggest challenges will be to understand what makes each of my students unique."

Building trust
"There’s so much for me to know about my students. There’s more information available than ever before. And the more I understand them, the more trust they give me."

Creating cultures of learning
"Teachers can now use data to be creative and adaptive—all in real time. My promise is to create as many pathways to discovery as possible."

Art of Teaching

Learning by doing
"Somewhere along the way I realized—to be the educator I knew I could be, while there are things that can be taught, some things you just have to learn."

Making connections
"Times change. Tools change. But what a child needs from a human being does not change."

Supporting Teachers
"These teachers…need to know their work is valued, that their efforts are meaningful. Knowing how to give them exactly what they need, takes everything I have."

Become a Guest Blogger for McGraw Hill

All educators have a story to tell. We want to hear yours. Contribute to The Art of Teaching and join our community of inspirational educators. To be published on our Art of Teaching blog you must:

  • Be a PreK–12 educator or have been one in the past
  • Have a passion for evidence-based teaching strategies that pave the way of success for all learners
  • Have a unique story to tell about your experiences teaching, or tips and strategies you'd like to offer our diverse community of educators
  • Submit original content of at least 800 words, with arguments supported by current and credible research
  • A team of reviewers from McGraw Hill will review your submission. If it's something that fits our criteria, we’ll reach out to you within four weeks to discuss any suggested edits.

If you have additional questions, send us an email to inquire further.