Building a community of learners who can collaborate well together will take time but will pay off exponentially. Don't give up and run to the rules because it gets to noisy or a student or three have a bad day. Remember it's about them and this experience only goes down once, so make the most enjoyable experience for everyone involved.


Rest up and get ready because being in school is a great adventure, but it does take a lot of work. Being ready and relaxed makes it easier to be successful for the whole year. Read on to get some tips for a successful year.


As teachers, we have an obligation to find this common denominator to help students really connect to learning and literature they would have never found on their own.


Although I don't give book recommendations often, this one is offered to help those of us out there that struggle with differentiation, a very important part of individualized learning. Check it out.


So many kids these days lack the perseverance to succeed. Sports is a great way to start teaching them these lessons and the more we connect the lessons to classroom learning, the better students grow as learners.


As the world is growing increasingly more technological and folks claim people are losing attention spans, we need to focus on the words and experiences that connect us and really great literature does. What helps you connect to your students?


Voxer is a versatile tool and it's bringing great people together, but we still need to be mindful of what and how we're using it.


It's normal to feel nervous about change. There are many moving parts and the unknown is always, well, unknown until it isn't anymore. My subconscious understands this and allows me to work through the concerns while I sleep, so that I can wake up and be the best version of myself when the time comes.


Being an educator requires constant growth. We're always on a stage. Students and colleagues notice everything and since we want to model best behaviors, we must be aware of ourselves. There are many lessons to be learned and taught in non-teaching situations and they happen all of the time around students. One thing is for sure, we definitely recognize that faster and take more opportunities to use authentic moments as teachable.


By getting rid of grades, students can focus on what they know and can do and develop strategies for skills and content they have yet to master. This is a much more inclusive teaching philosophy because no one is expected to be the same.


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