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November 26, 2013

Where Do You Get Your News?

Where Do You Get Your News? Last week I had the opportunity to present in a couple of classes to new education majors. Before class, several students were chatting with the instructor about a local school board meeting they attended as part of an assignment. They were surprised at the length of the ...

September 09, 2013

The Art of Classroom Management

On September 3, 2013, Education Week began a three-part PD webinar series on the topic of classroom management. As most of the teachers who read this blog know, classroom management—the ability to create a purposeful and supportive learning environment—is a central element of effective t...

August 21, 2013

Tips for First-Year Teachers

Transitioning from a teacher education program to having your own classroom for the first time can be an exciting and overwhelming experience for new professionals. To assist with the transition, here are some tips for first-year teachers provided by educators with a few years of teaching experience...

July 23, 2013

Make Leaving a Learning Opportunity

Recently a reader asked for assistance with transitioning from a challenging situation. Here are some tips: There will be many times in life where we find ourselves in situations that no longer serve us in the way they once did. Realizing that we are at this point is normal as we are constantly ev...

April 15, 2013

Where to Teach: Making a Wise Job Decision

It's your life. You'll spend an average of 6-7 hours a day in the classroom - and that doesn't count the endless hours at home devoted to designing lesson plans, grading papers, and creating projects. Deciding where to look for a teaching job is critical - but it can be confusing, scary, and frus...

June 15, 2012

The Teaching Profession: Quick Road to Burnout or Evolving Passion?

Ask a handful of teachers why they chose the field of education, and you'll quickly hear a variety of personal stories of discovery - the influence of a life-changing teacher they had as a student, a desire to impact the lives of youth through education, and the list goes on. Aside from congruence,...

March 21, 2012

Introvert Teachers: How to Survive and Excel

As I stood in front of the class on my first day as a teacher, my knees were knocking - literally! How would I ever learn the names of the 33 students sitting in front of me? Would I be able to control a rowdy group? Had I prepared enough material? Would I be able to remember everything on my de...

December 02, 2011

Build Your Brand For Career Success

Your "personal brand" is your unique promise of value - what those around you expect from you - what you are known for. It includes your credibility, visibility, personality & personal style. It is the MOST effective and innovative strategy you can use to achieve professional success and career sa...

September 08, 2011

Creating a Strategy

Oftentimes candidates, especially in this tight job market, come to me for advice on how to conduct their job search. They find themselves staring at the computer and realize they don't know where to begin, they feel overwhelmed or they use the same job site over and over. What they don't realize...

October 30, 2008

How Did My Dream Job Become a Nightmare?

You start the year with high hopes. The interview went well, and the job (or student teaching placement) sounds ideal. Sometimes your expectations are realized, and the fit is perfect. Sometimes, though, it is not. How does this happen? I wish that I could say that every job that LOOKS good IS g...

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