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Battling Teacher Exhaustion: 5 Do Now Tips!

Every teacher comes into the profession ready to change the world one life at a time.  Every teacher also learns quickly that changing the world is exhausting.   10 years ago, my buddy gave me a ride home from work.  As I stumbled out of his car holding what looked like a metric ton of stuff, [...]

The Formal Observation: When Teachers and Administrators Dance

Every school year, teachers across the country play a sort of game. It is mostly an activity we play alone, like solitaire. We plan lessons in units to cover roughly 180 instructional days, with the intent that learning occurs. Most tenured teachers get one to two chances to demonstrate how we play this game and [...]

Three Changes to Make to Your Teacher Language This School Year

The way we speak to our students holds more power than we think. Our tone and word choice can either motivate our students or make them recoil in anger and frustration. The language we use can also be ineffective and won’t get us the desired results in our classroom. I realized I needed to work [...]

Veteran Teachers Need Choice & Customized Professional Development

I completed 13 years as an educator when I wrapped up last school year. I don’t know exactly what year this took place, but at some point, I crossed over to being labeled a veteran educator.  When you are considered a veteran educator, colleagues begin to view you as an expert in your craft and [...]

New Tricks for Old Dogs: What Novice Teachers Offer

With 44% of teachers quitting within the first five years of entering the profession, it is statistically likely you know a teacher like me: one who has yet to cross the five-year threshold. I am almost there, approaching my fifth year, but have yet to earn esteem as a “veteran teacher” among my colleagues. Rightfully [...]