Feelings, Failures, and Successes – Week 2

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. …

Feelings, Failures, and Successes – A Weekly Teacher’s Journal Part 1

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. …

My Plan For The First Day Of School

My first day of school is already next week! I am getting pretty excited about starting another year, but also quite nervous. One thing that has helped me prepare for the first day is to write out a detailed plan of my first lesson. Sometimes I even teach it to an empty classroom, just to …

An Introduction to Design Thinking

Design Thinking. What is it? What does it do for teachers? Why am I hearing about it? Can I do it? These questions - and more - will be answered in an upcoming short series of articles, linked below. An Introduction to Design Thinking The Design Framework Researching Planning Creating Reflecting I’ve been teaching design …

How Teachers Can Get More From Twitter

Thanks to user growth and books like Teach Like a PIRATE (#ad), Twitter has grown into a professional tool used by many educators. From tweet chats to networking, Twitter can be a dynamic support for teachers. If you have never used Twitter before, or if you are participating in a chat tonight, here are some …

I’m a Teacher – Now What

Congratulations! You’ve got a job as a new teacher! Welcome to a fulfilling, challenging, noble, stressful, and ultimately rewarding profession! You, like many other new teachers, are probably asking yourself: I'm a Teacher - Now What? Compiled below is the I’m a Teacher - Now What Guide - a short list of resources and advice …

Teaching on the Last Day

I love teaching on the last day of school. Sure, the summer is right around the corner. My grading is (mostly) complete. Together my students and I celebrate our accomplishments. But there is one thing I love most on this final day of school. Students choose their lesson on the last day of school. Teaching …

Teaching Tip # 21 – Cultural Behavior

Inappropriate and Cultural Behavior Despite preventative practices in the classroom, students will eventually misbehave, requiring a response from the teacher. Sometimes teachers can easily make a mistake and attribute student behavior as negative. Instead, it may be cultural behavior. Cultural behavior is behavior driven by culture, rather than work avoidance, trauma, or something else. We …