The start of the school year was not what we had expected. In the spring, life was looking like it would be back to a more normal (pre-COVID) place. Unfortunately, many schools have had to continue the same protocols as they had last year. In May and June, I was so optimistic that this schoolContinue reading “You Made It Through September!”
I love Morning Messages! It is a teaching tool that helps set the tone for the day and welcomes the students into the classroom. It also helps establish the routine with the students. Morning Messages are messages or notes that are written to the students. Often they are written by the classroom teacher, but studentsContinue reading “Four Essential Reasons to Include Morning Messages Into Your Teaching”
Friendships are important. Work is more enjoyable when you like the people who you are working with. Work is more fun and enjoyable when you have positive and trusting relationships with your colleagues. You will be more excited and enthusiastic to go to work, if you enjoy being with the people who you work andContinue reading “The Importance of Building Relationships with Colleagues”
It’s the beginning of the school year! While this is an exciting time of the year, it can also be a stressful time. It is a time that is busy and there is a transition in routines, so there is a lot of newness to this time of the year. In order to keep theContinue reading “A Few Thoughts to Consider for the Beginning of the School Year”
It’s that time of the year – when job openings are popping up! This year, some districts are conducting the screening interview virtually – with the candidate sending in a video responding to pre-made questions from the district. It is safe to assume that districts may be screening more candidates for positions, so it’s importantContinue reading “Preparing for a Virtual Screening Interview”
I have some exciting news! My latest article, Creating Strategies: Designing Lessons for the Elementary Classroom, was recently published in the Montana English Journal. This article discusses the creative literacy strategies that preservice teachers designed and implemented for the elementary classroom. Like many teachers, when preservice teachers enter my course, they want to know whatContinue reading “Creating Strategies for the Elementary Classroom”
It’s that time of the year again – when teaching positions are opening up and being posted. This year, I have noticed more job openings posted than usual (at least that’s the case at the districts near me). It’s important to put your best foot forward and be prepared, so here are a few suggestionsContinue reading “Gearing up for Teaching Interviews? Three Ways to Get Prepared for Interview Season”
It’s that time of the year again! The time for parent-teacher conferences. Conferences can be intimidating for both teachers and parents. Teachers tend to be nervous about conferences because they fear how parents will react if they hear something that they disagree with or might not want to hear. However, conferences provide an opportunity forContinue reading “It’s That Time of Year – Parent Teacher Conferences!”
It’s still winter in the northeast and while the sun has been peeking out more often, it is still cold outside and there is a good amount of snow that remains on the ground. In addition, COVID-19 continues to be an issue that requires testing and quarantining. I often begin my classes by asking howContinue reading “Planning Fun Moments”
After last week’s post, I received a few questions about when it is a good time to include teacher-directed writing into writing instruction. One argument for teacher-directed writing is the standardized tests that students need to take and the need to prepare them to respond to the types of prompts that will be on thoseContinue reading “Ideas for Including Teacher-Directed Writing into Your Teaching”
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