$ave Dat Money

Let's be real - no one goes into teaching for the money. There is so much passion teachers put into their students, students' families, and professional development as educators throughout the school year (and often into their vacation time). This past summer, I transferred my passion energy from teaching to all the technicalities and logistics... Continue Reading →

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Nail that interview

As I am currently in the midst of my job hunt, this topic is at the forefront of my mind. Every day I am either applying for jobs or writing cover letters or praying to Santa that I get a job at a great school with lovely people. Pretty much. There are a lot of... Continue Reading →

The balance between chaos and order

Maybe it's the change of seasons; maybe it's the fact an educator has a haul of ten weeks straight, without even a long weekend; maybe it's the realization that there is not a single month of a school year that is calm (even though we tell ourselves there is...every month); maybe it's the knowledge that... Continue Reading →

The Evolving Educator

Katie Martin kicks off her book, Learner-Centered Innovation, connecting with educators about the real double life that students find themselves in today. She quotes Will Richardson's article that shares a student's perspective as they describe themselves and their peers as the 'lost generation.' I mean, really. Which classroom would you rather be in...as a student? Are we... Continue Reading →

I made a mistake.

I made a mistake a few weeks ago at work. To me, this wasn't a small mistake; it was a BIG, giant, shameful mistake. While I won't share the details because they don't matter here, I would like to share what was gained. Immediately upon discovering my mistake during a planning period, I freaked out. My... Continue Reading →

I don’t know much, but I know…

When you're young, you think you know everything. Or, maybe that's just me. I started my teaching career confident that my college had prepared me for anything that could be thrown at me. I was 21-years-old and ready to teach! Ha! With each year that followed, I grew more humble. I continue to realize how... Continue Reading →

Mindset is Everything

In a previous post, I mentioned that we know grades on papers decrease students' motivation. I've seen it in my room and I'm confident other teachers will agree that once a grade is on a piece of student work, the likelihood that the student will actually look at their mistakes and fix/improve their work is minimal... Continue Reading →

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