In teaching, as in the rest of life, there are best practices. And then there is real life. We all know that we should eat fruits and vegetables for an after school snack when we have low energy from teaching all day. Yet, that candy bar looks so much more appealing than that apple at four in the afternoon.
New teachers are often given the advice, “Avoid the teachers’ lounge.” The rationale behind this advice is that it can be a place filled with complaints and negativity. I followed this advice for many years, eating lunch alone in my classroom. I really didn’t mind this situation because I had other times in the day to connect with adults. However, things changed when I had my baby. There were no longer any spare moments at school to chat with colleagues and my evenings were filled with taking care of the baby and then collapsing out of exhaustion. In an effort to get some conversation with adults during the day, I started to eat lunch in the teachers’ lounge with my colleagues.
I can relate to students who find it difficult to avoid the distractions that are ever present with their peers, their devices, and the all the other competing interests in their lives. These distractions are part of the world today and are not going away anytime soon, so I think it behooves teachers and students alike to regularly revisit strategies for improved concentration on important tasks and projects.
We have all been there: swamped by to do lists and feeling like we are simply putting out fires all day instead of proactively getting anything done. As teachers, we have to balance creating curriculum, grading papers, continuing professional development, communicating with parents, and about a 187 other things that tug at our priorities all day. Oh yeah, and we can't spend all day checking off our list because we have to actually teach most of the day! So what is a teacher supposed to do? Today we are sharing some to do list best practices that can help us all get more done in the limited time we have:
Summer break is often a time to recharge and enjoy a slower pace of life for teachers who are typically busy during the school year. Although it may be relaxing to lounge around for the first week of summer break, most people want to have a bit of fun and stay active during the season. To make the most out of your time off, there are a few ways to stay busy.
I know summer has just started, but before we know it, we will be frantically pulling ourselves together for the hectic back to school season not to mention that many of us are teaching year around school or summer school, so this blog is of immediate use too! Today, I want to share some easy, make ahead breakfast ideas that will:
I've had department chair on the brain lately because it was recently announced that my current department chair has stepped down for next year. He is smart and he will be missed in that role, but I think there are multiple good options in my current English department to fill his shoes. In my career so far, I've had the opportunity to be a department chair and to work with department chairs that pushed me out of my comfort zone. Some inspired me, some frightened me, and some gave me all the rope I needed either to soar or hang myself. Although it sometimes works out despite the process, in my experience, department chairs are chosen for silly reasons like seniority, admin favorites, or by default because no one else wants it. If done well, department chairs can positively impact fellow teachers, which in turn raises the bar for students, parents, and administrators, so