Donohue is a middle school English and social studies teacher in Monroe, Washington. He also teaches college courses in English, public speaking and education.

Articles by Chad

The Zero Effect

As teachers, it is our job to set kids up to succeed, not to fail. Changing some of our grading practices is a good place to start.

The Treasure of Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers’ treasure to us was his gift of beautiful writing, with its poignant life lessons and heart-wrenching stories.

Signing Off on the Year—Equitably

Few of us really want to remember what we looked like in middle school, but nobody wants to remember what it felt like to be the kid who had nothing to sign on the last day of class.

Laughing in the Classroom—Safely

In more than 20 years of teaching students ranging from as young as 12 to as old as 70, I have found one thing to be verifiably true: Humor positively impacts the learning environment.