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  • First Day Jitters

    on Aug 24, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Featured, The New Teacher Chronicles • with Comments

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    It is hard to put into words the feeling I felt when that school bell rang at 7:55 signaling the start of the first day of school. Parents had left with their cameras full of “first day” pictures and no one was in the back observing my teaching and making sure my lesson plans were followed word for word. As strange as it felt, it hit me that these were now my kids, I was their teacher. It is true that teachers spend more waking hours with their students than their parents spend with them

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  • To Student Teachers, From a First-Year Teacher

    on Jan 29, 14 • in From the Front Lines, The New Teacher Chronicles • with Comments


    Last week my credential program invited me to come speak to the current teacher candidates about my experience as a student teacher and transitioning into full-time teaching. Now, this is kind of bizarre for me – who am I to tell these people about teaching? I mean, I just started this profession! Nevertheless, it got me thinking about my practice, and what was meaningful for me from my credential program. I was emailed the following prompts to think about in preparation for my visit, and I am sharing my answers with you. Upon reflection,

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  • The New Teacher’s Survival Guide: 5 Crucial Habits

    on Dec 16, 13 • in Featured, The New Teacher Chronicles • with Comments


    This is the final piece of a five-part series called The New Teacher’s Survival Guide. Start from the beginning here, with creating a support network.   It’s hard, this whole teaching thing. It really is. And for every amazing, inspiring day during this, my first year, I have one that is tepid at best. I know I am trying my best, and I do absolutely love what I’m doing – but some days I need a little reminding that what I’m doing matters. Some days I run low on the fuel that keeps the fire

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  • The New Teacher’s Survival Guide: Retaining Relationship and Authority with Students

    on Nov 18, 13 • in Featured, The New Teacher Chronicles • with Comments


    This is part four of a five-part series, but it would be dishonest to say this was the fourth week. No, I disappeared from the blogosphere for two weeks, leaving this series without update. I guess that’s indicative of the first year of teaching: my priority is my classroom, and when I got bogged down with classroom-related stuff, the other parts of my life (i.e., this series) got pushed to the backburner. I have written before about the importance of maintaining a work-life balance – but I do not always practice what I preach. While

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  • The New Teacher’s Survival Guide: Planning Meaningful Lessons

    on Oct 24, 13 • in Featured, The New Teacher Chronicles • with Comments


    Welcome to The new Teacher’s Survival Guide! This is part three of a five-part series. Start from the beginning with part one, here.   Every Friday, I ask my students to write down for me three things they got from class that week. It can be something from the content, something brought in by a peer (such as a current event), something they learned about themselves; whatever. As we started Economics this week, I was expecting students to note whether they like the class or not – and much to my frustration, many noted that

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