One of the goals I set for myself as a teacher this year is to make more conscious and focused efforts to teach my students, not just teach my content. Sometimes, it can be easy for teachers to forget that our students are not just students - they're people; people who enter our classrooms with stress and anxiety that come from school, work, sports, relationships, etc. I know I'm guilty of ... Read More about Teaching Students, Not Just Content – Take What You Need
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Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you've had a relaxing weekend and are ready to tackle the week ahead. For the first time in what seems like months, we didn't leave town for a soccer or volleyball game, which meant we had time at HOME! Needless to say, I feel much more rested at the end of this weekend than I have in quite some time! One of my favorite features of my flipped classroom is that my ... Read More about Offering Choices to Create: What Have You Learned?
Hello, friends! Happy Sunday! I hope your week is off to a great start and you're getting ready to tackle the week ahead. Last Friday, I did something I rarely do as a teacher - I took a day off. Yes, I took a mental health day, as we sometimes call the days that we take off when no one is sick, no one has a doctor appointment, we're not going to a conference/workshop/meeting. I just took a day ... Read More about If You Give a Teacher a Day Off
Hello, all! Is it just me, or does it seem that summer vacation really speeds up after July 4? I feel like the second half of summer goes WAY faster than the first part and I'm quickly realizing that I'm not checking off nearly as many things from my summer to-do list as I wanted! As I'm prepping for the new semester, I'm planning to share how I'm using some of my favorite digital tools in my ... Read More about Back to School Planning: 3 Reasons to Use Nearpod in Your Classroom
Welcome to Fourth Quarter! We're on the downhill slide; the homestretch of the school year, and I don't know about you but this is the time of year that I feel always goes too fast. I still have so much to accomplish and so little time in which to do so! Toward the end of the week during February and March, I also find myself even more drained than usual. It's almost like someone has pulled my ... Read More about Level Up Your PD through Twitter!