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teaching tip 63. “don’t smile until christmas” is crap. 

don’t smile until christmas. i don’t know how many times people told me this during my student teaching and first year in my own classroom.  it took me an entire year to figure out that this was complete crap. if you don’t have a sense of humor, this job will be very painful for you.… Continue reading teaching tip 63. “don’t smile until christmas” is crap. 

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teaching tip 62. keep treading water.

this time of the year is just hard.  it’s a challenge to keep a positive attitude and it feels like you’re drowning.  but just keep treading water.  you most definitely are not drowning because you are so close to the shore.  you’ll be there before you know it.  just hang on… when it gets overwelming,… Continue reading teaching tip 62. keep treading water.

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so you want to go to SXSWedu…

i’ve only been once to SXSWedu, and it was truly one of the best experiences of my life.  it was unlike any education conference i’ve ever been to.  but i have some advice: Do NOT lose your badge. it has a chip in it that they scan whenever you enter any room. if you lose it, you… Continue reading so you want to go to SXSWedu…

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teaching tip 61. roll with the punches.

  i got some bad news at school this past week.  my principal told me that my district is eliminating my second position due to budget cuts and leadership changes.  i kind of knew it was coming. my previous superintendent was progressive in a lot of ways, and she supported my goals within the district… Continue reading teaching tip 61. roll with the punches.

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teaching tip 31. just know that teachers are insane

we’re all just a little crazy.  bonkers.  insane.  kooky.  nuts.  wacky.  loony.  cuckoo.  batty.  i think you get it… you kind of have to be when you think about it.  you’re surrounded by small (or not so tiny in the case of my high school students) humans who would rather be doing something else… anything else!… Continue reading teaching tip 31. just know that teachers are insane

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teaching tip 60. avoid burnout. 

don’t take stuff home unless it’s absolutely necessary.  i made this mistake my first and second year.  i thought i needed to.  in reality, i was just inefficient.  that comes with experience.  you are a teacher, but that’s not all you are. take a break during the day.  even if it’s only for a few… Continue reading teaching tip 60. avoid burnout. 

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teaching tip 59. you can love it and hate it at the same time.

i’m starting grad school soon.  i’m excited and scared, but i’m ready for the work.  and i’m ready to have it done already.  i was thumbing through the textbook for my first class yesterday, and it made me reflect on a few things.  it breaks down curriculum into the tiniest details.  i’m not always interested… Continue reading teaching tip 59. you can love it and hate it at the same time.

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teaching tip 58. making it halfway.

the year is halfway over!!  i hope it went well for everyone.  if it didn’t, there is hope and a light at the end of the tunnel.  only a few more days, and you’ll get some time off. everyone needs a break, especially teachers.  don’t ever feel guilty for enjoying yourself and the time away.… Continue reading teaching tip 58. making it halfway.

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teaching tip 9. decorate your classroom!

{originally posted on 8•5•13 | updated on 8•18•14 and 8•24•15} my favorite thing to do at the beginning of the year is to decorate. it’s time to get focused on the year ahead and have a little fun being creative. i didn’t start out so well with decorating. and it’s not what you might think… Continue reading teaching tip 9. decorate your classroom!

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teaching tip 57. know your responsibilities.

school starts for me in one week.  i’ve been doing a lot of reflecting over the past few years lately.  i want to know what i did right and what i can improve on.  in the beginning, i didn’t know anything. with the first few years, there will be a lot of unknowns.  you won’t… Continue reading teaching tip 57. know your responsibilities.

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reflections on the 2014-15 school year.

this year was one of my most challenging yet.  you’d think it gets easier as you get more years under your belt, but this is not always the case.  i’ve written over fifty teaching tips on this blog and i had to reread them over the past couple of months and reflect quite a lot to… Continue reading reflections on the 2014-15 school year.

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teaching tip 32. senioritis is a real thing.

it’s catching.  high school seniors are the most susceptible children to get it.  there is no cure. when i first started teaching high school, i thought that i knew how to be motivating and exciting as a teacher.  nope.  i didn’t have a clue.  seriously, i was faking the confidence for the first two years… Continue reading teaching tip 32. senioritis is a real thing.

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teaching tip 55. avoid procrastination.

at this time of the year, it’s hard to stay focused and motivated.  you’re thinking ahead, but still have work to do.  with state testing coming up, it’s especially stressful.  so how do you avoid putting off the things you know you have to get done? make a list – i keep my list in… Continue reading teaching tip 55. avoid procrastination.

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teaching tip 54. enjoy the little moments.

the other day, i laughed out loud during the moment of silence in the announcements. i couldn’t help it. i always play music in my classroom.  depending on the day, i choose a certain station or playlist on my iPad.  on that specific day, i had chosen the bruno mars station because a kid had requested… Continue reading teaching tip 54. enjoy the little moments.

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teaching tip 53. prepare for battle.

sometimes, my friends, kids are manipulative liars who tell their parents stories about things that you do or say.  then the parents will write you a long, nasty email or attack you on the phone without knowing your side of the story (aka the truth).  they may even come to you in person. eek! so… Continue reading teaching tip 53. prepare for battle.