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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

Easy 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 here are some thoughts about what teachers really want in order to be supported in the classroom.

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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

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

Wrapping Up the School Year and Keeping Students' Attention

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Apr 12, 2016 12:42:27 AM

As the school calendar grows short, the weather turns warm, and the testing bubbles are completely filled in, teachers all over the country embark on the epic task of keeping students engaged. To help you in this battle, we have rounded up tips and tricks for the end of the school year from some of our favorite veteran teachers:

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Topics: Classroom Management, end of school, tips

Tips for Getting Ready for Next School Year, Now!

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Apr 11, 2016 10:41:20 PM

At the end of the school year, most teachers are focusing on keeping students engaged, writing report cards, communicating with parents, figuring out new placements, and packing up the classroom.  With all the hustle and bustle of the final months of school, it is hard to even wrap our brains around preparing for for next year.  That is what the last week of July is for right?!?  Today we have rounded up fellow teachers who know the spring struggle, but also have some easy and effective tips for creating a smooth back to school season by doing a little preparation now. We think you will thank them come August!

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Topics: back to school, Classroom Management, tips

#Election2016 in the ELA classroom

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Mar 26, 2016 2:54:42 PM

The media coverage of the presidential race this year has reached epic proportions. No doubt our colleagues in social science and civics are working tirelessly to engage students in the electoral process, but I think we have our bit to play too. I think that is important to be as impartial as reasonably possible and also allow students to form educated positions based on the lens of their own experiences as well as rhetorical analysis of primary documents.   Today I wanted to share with you a lesson that I created to help students break down the language used by the candidates.  We'd love to hear your ideas and feedback in the comment section below!

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Topics: election, informational texts, primary documents, lesson idea, presidency campaign

22 Simple Spring Break Homework Ideas That Students Actually Enjoy!

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Mar 15, 2016 9:53:26 AM

I'm not convinced that we should even give spring break homework because by this time in the year, we all need a little breathing room.  However, some teachers are required to give break work, and others see that their students need a little something to keep their heads in the game and finish out fourth quarter instead of starting summer vacation in the spring. If you are in that boat, let us share a couple of fun ideas with you! If you have questions or additions to this list, we would love to hear from you in the comment section below!

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Topics: spring break, tips, homework ideas

Baby Steps Toward Grading for Mastery in Secondary ELA

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Mar 4, 2016 8:47:22 PM

The math department at my school has done incredible work in the area of grading for mastery. For two years, I've listened to them tweak and hone their program and I've wanted to jump on board, but it is so hard to wrap my brain around how it would work in my English classroom.  Here I am in the spring semester thinking and planning for next year and I think it is time to move in that direction. If you do mastery grading or standards based grading, I'd love to hear your questions, suggestions, and experiences in the comment section below!

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Topics: grading

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