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lessons from distance learning

we had an interesting discussion during one of our recent faculty meetings over zoom this past week.  i had seen this topic on twitter: what have we learned that we can take into the fall when we go back to school?  so i posed this question to my teachers.  we got some interesting and thought-provoking… Continue reading lessons from distance learning

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distance learning resources for high school teachers

i’m currently in week six of distance learning.  as a instructional technology coach, i felt well-equipped to jump into it.  and to be honest, it’s been relatively easy for me.  i’m very grateful for that.  but i’ve been observant, and i’ve fielded a lot of questions from my school’s teachers during this time.  i’ve also… Continue reading distance learning resources for high school teachers

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the NEW 2020-2021 erin condren teacher lesson planner!

disclosure: i was lucky enough to receive a new erin condren teacher lesson planner in collaboration with EC, but i ordered some accessories and covers on my own to share with all of you! 🙂 the new coiled planner has TWO new different designs but the guts are the same as last year’s ECTLP, which… Continue reading the NEW 2020-2021 erin condren teacher lesson planner!

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thoughts on digital learning after just one day.

i don’t like it. it’s not natural. but it’s what we’ve got for now. my kids are craving interaction, and i’m going to do my best to give that to them. today, i just had them tell me how they’re doing.  it made me kind of emotional.  I MISS THEM.  and apparently they miss me… Continue reading thoughts on digital learning after just one day.

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wash your hands.

what better time to revive the ol’ blog that during a global pandemic? here’s a quick update: there are currently six cases of COVID-19 in my city, but i’m sure there are many, many more. i will be teaching from home for the next two weeks, but i’m sure there will be more time than… Continue reading wash your hands.

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the NEW erin condren teacher lesson planner!

i was lucky enough to receive a new erin condren teacher lesson planner in collaboration with EC.  the new planner has a different design but the guts are the same as last year’s ECTLP.  and that’s just fine with me!  the changes are subtle but great. below is my unboxing and review video!  i go… Continue reading the NEW erin condren teacher lesson planner!

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my end of year thoughts on my Erin Condren teacher lesson planner!

this video below is a flip through of my ECTLP from this past school year.  you will see all my pages and hear my thoughts on how well it worked for me.  i also answer the question: will i be using it next year? click HERE for the TpT template I used for my abbreviated… Continue reading my end of year thoughts on my Erin Condren teacher lesson planner!

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this is not “goodbye”. it’s “see you later”!

i am not closing my blog.  BUT, i need to take a break.  teaching full-time plus grad school has been difficult to manage at times.  i am set to finish grad school in may 2019.  it has been a lot of work so far, and i know that it will get more hectic as may… Continue reading this is not “goodbye”. it’s “see you later”!

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my EC teacher planner review and set up!

this is my first teacher planner (yes, EVER!) and i am so impressed by this one.  i am excited to put it to use this coming school year.  •••the good••• paper quality – the paper is the same as the life planner.  it’s very thick, maybe too thick for me.  it also has a texture… Continue reading my EC teacher planner review and set up!

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teaching tip 70. never make big decisions in april.

april is the worst. it just is. in may, you can see the finish line.  things are winding down.  but in april, it’s still business as usual.  except the teachers are tired, the kids are restless, you’re in between state testing, there’s benchmarking, supplies are running out, school funds are dwindling…you get the idea. it’s just… Continue reading teaching tip 70. never make big decisions in april.

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teaching tip 73. there’s always that one. avoid her. or him.

every school has the negative nancy.  we’ll call her ms. x. she (or he) never sees the bright side.  she always looks for how something will negatively affect her.  she resists change and actively works against it.  she is stubborn and pushy.  she thinks she’s better than everyone else and the exception to every rule.  she longs… Continue reading teaching tip 73. there’s always that one. avoid her. or him.

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12•15 | high five for friday! | december update

…one…   i was officially accepted to an accelerated masters program for educational leadership and policy building.  the last time i talked about grad school (about a year ago), i was quitting… i was bored and stressed out from the way that my school year was going.  so i quit.  maybe it wasn’t the best… Continue reading 12•15 | high five for friday! | december update

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teaching tip 72. they will tear a sub to shreds!

like sharks, they can smell blood in the water.  and by “they”, i mean your students.  your little angels will break a sub in just one day.  they will band together and refuse to do work, behave horribly, and get terrible notes from the substitute teacher. to ease this situation, prep the sub as best… Continue reading teaching tip 72. they will tear a sub to shreds!

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teaching tip 8. don’t be the drowning lifeguard.

when i was 15, i got a job at a swimming pool in a rich neighborhood. the owner knew my dad, a former swim coach, and she basically just gave me the job. i was certified but wasn’t really ready for the responsibility of being a lifeguard. i could blow a whistle at running kids,… Continue reading teaching tip 8. don’t be the drowning lifeguard.