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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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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.

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teaching tip 71. for the veteran teachers

this will be my 11th year of teaching.  looking back, it seems like i started teaching yesterday.  but here i am…11 years later.  it’s been so hard and so fun and so transforming.  i’m the person i am because i am a teacher. but as i start my year 11 and in a leadership position,… Continue reading teaching tip 71. for the veteran teachers

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teaching tip 56. hang on until the end.

originally published on 4•13•15 | updated on 4•26•17 i’ve started counting down the days.  every teacher does no matter how long they’ve been at it.  the closer to the end of the year, the harder it is to do a good job.  it’s natural to get a little apathetic.  but you have to fight it… Continue reading teaching tip 56. hang on until the end.

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so you want to go to SXSWedu… {updated}

this was my second time going to SXSWedu, and again, it was truly one of the best experiences of my life.  it was unlike any education conference i’ve ever been to.  here’s the main keynote from 2017 below.   if you’re planning to go, i have some advice: if you can, bring someone with you!  the… Continue reading so you want to go to SXSWedu… {updated}