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Infographic: Tips for Teachers to Support Student Health

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Sep 12, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: infographic, tips, mental health, students

Stop Distracted Learning: Real Tools and Tips to Help Students

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Aug 27, 2016 2:09:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: Classroom Management, tech, technology, classroom tech

Prioritizing your Teacher To Do List

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Aug 15, 2016 3:53:32 PM

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:

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School Lunch Ideas for the Busy Teacher

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jul 21, 2016 9:46:21 AM

 

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Topics: lunch, teacher life, tips

7 Ideas for Teachers to Make the Most out of Summer Break

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jul 13, 2016 1:00:34 AM

 

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.

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Topics: Fun Stuff, summer break ideas, summer ideas for teachers

Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Teachers:

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jun 18, 2016 3:13:24 PM

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:

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Topics: breakfast, Fun Stuff, make ahead, prep, teacher life

What Teachers Really Want From Their Department Chairs

Posted by Emily Guthrie on May 29, 2016 2:16:29 PM

 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

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Topics: administration, Classroom Management, department chair, leadership, tips

10 Instagrams We Love For Teachers

Posted by Emily Guthrie on May 22, 2016 10:47:11 AM

If you are on instagram, we have a few recommendations for fun teacher accounts to follow! Leave us a comment with your favorites so we can follow them too!  

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Topics: teacher life, instagram

Rethinking My Final Exams:

Posted by Emily Guthrie on May 13, 2016 10:14:41 AM

It is that time of year again when teachers all over the country are preparing for final exams. Although many teachers have their testing strategy down to a science, I know many others (myself included) that have mixed feelings when it comes to balancing the forces involved in finals. Personally, I am at a crossroads with this summative test. For the last decade, I have administered exam books with literally hundreds of multiple choice questions covering all the major strands of my class. I've almost always incorporated an essay section a few weeks before the end of the term, which counted toward the test score, but on the actual test day, I have watched bubble after bubble after bubble.  It has always felt like a strange ritual that served many purposes, but did not really incapsulate exactly what I really wanted students to learn or honor the best practices that I try to use consistently all semester. In the big picture of the semester, regardless of grade level, I most value critical reading and articulate, argumentative analysis of literature. Given my values, I think it is time for me (and maybe you?) to rethink the traditional final exam. Below is the process I am going through. I'd love to hear your questions, comments, or suggestions in the comment section below!  I've learned and grown so much as a teacher through the comments here on the blog as well as on our social media and I'm willing to bet others have read your comments with some of the same enthusiasm for new ideas!

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Topics: final, final exam, Holiday/Seasonal, Lesson Planning, test

Create a Classroom Culture of Laughter!

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Apr 27, 2016 9:40:58 AM

Recently, Fusion Yearbooks reached out to us with some awesome tips for creating a classroom culture of laughter.  We loved them so much that we wanted to share some of those tips with you today!  By the way, if you haven't heard of Fusion Yearbooks, check them out and pass on the info to that lovely person on faculty that is looking a little exhausted and frazzled about this time of year trying to meet the yearbook deadline!

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Topics: Classroom Management, fun, humor, laugh, tips, yearbook

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