You Yell You Lose

You spend all day answering emails from parents, filling out pointless data from administrators, and pulling extra unpaid duties to keep the school running. Then, it happens. A student tries you. Under the pressure of everything that needs to get done, nobody is paying attention. The whole class doesn’t care about the lesson or anyContinue reading “You Yell You Lose”

Problem Spotting vs. Problem Solving

Problem solving is a highly sought after skill in business and life. If you are in the field of education, it is vital to your success. Having been a teacher for 8 years including a pandemic year, I know the importance of problem solving to our daily tasks. It is not an easy skill toContinue reading “Problem Spotting vs. Problem Solving”

What is Your SEL Data Doing?

Social emotional learning has been a hot topic in schools around the country, and for good reason. Quite a few schools are now shifting to collecting SEL data in an attempt to monitor its effectiveness. But what is that SEL data actually doing for your classroom? My first experience with SEL data was when weContinue reading “What is Your SEL Data Doing?”

3 Teacher Planning Hacks

What does your teacher planning period look like? Do you grade frantically, shuffling a never ending stack of papers? Are you the type that has 30 tabs open with standards, unit objectives, and curricular materials as you set up lesson plans? Do you crash, spending your time unwinding until the next period, only to feelContinue reading “3 Teacher Planning Hacks”

Classroom Management Made Easy

Classroom management dominates conversations around teaching. I spent my first few years incredibly stressed over how to manage a classroom. Add to that the teachers in my ear, sharing horror story after horror story of awful student behavior, and panic set in. I wish I could tell you the magical secret to getting students toContinue reading “Classroom Management Made Easy”

Side Hustle Teacher Gifts

Happy holidays to all my side hustle teacher friends! This post is meant to help you with a quick, but vital reflection on your work this past year and your plan for the coming year. What gifts are you giving with your service? Your immediate thought might be… “Gifts? This isn’t a charity, it’s aContinue reading “Side Hustle Teacher Gifts”

A New Argument for Humanizing Education

Throughout the years, there have been many convincing arguments for humanizing education. The benefits are endless, from better classroom management to stronger academic results, to even building a more impactful school culture. In the world of teacher well being and self care, there is another argument that should be discussed in any conversation surrounding humanizingContinue reading “A New Argument for Humanizing Education”

Active Rest on a Break

Active rest is a term I first heard in the gym. I didn’t know how well it would apply to teaching when I first learned it. However, active rest became a game changer every winter break, spring break, or summer break that I took. In the gym, the idea of active rest is to recoverContinue reading “Active Rest on a Break”

“Rule Your Class Like Hitler,” & Other Bad Teaching Advice

Bad teaching advice has been abundant throughout my career. Veteran teachers have always come to me to criticize my teaching methods and push their philosophies down my throat. What has their problem been with my work? Many believe that I overemphasize mindset, equity, and “soft skills” in my teaching. They cannot understand why I refuseContinue reading ““Rule Your Class Like Hitler,” & Other Bad Teaching Advice”

Building A Teacher Mindset: Gratitude

What would the perfect teacher mindset look like? If you could build a teacher from scratch, what should be included? This blog series will examine & dive deeply into the mindset that brings the most success and joy into the life of a teacher. Today’s mindset element is gratitude! Gratitude is a difficult topic toContinue reading “Building A Teacher Mindset: Gratitude”