Empatico is a great way to spark empathy and energy in your students during testing season.
Teacher-burnout rates are on the rise. To stay invested for the long haul, it's important to keep the balance between being the teacher and being a lifelong learner.
Before you clean up, lock the classroom door, and head into your first summer as a teacher, I want you to know one thing: You didn't do it wrong.
When our buckets are running low, we should take some time for ourselves so that we can get back to being the types of teacher leaders our schools and our professions need us to be.
Empatico affords my students the opportunity to connect in a powerful way with students from a different part of the county. Not only did they shatter some of their misconceptions but they also created an opportunity to use their new skills to engage with community leaders and impact social change.
All people face challenges, adversity, and have personal experiences that may be driving their behavior. Our willingness to take different perspectives or look at the world from a different point of view is what will ensure empathy is part of our minds and hearts. And empathy makes our society a more caring, kind, and accepting place for all of us to live.
If a school is metaphorically a bus, who drives it? Traditionally, a principal does. He or she provides direction and motivation, presses the gas and brake when needed, and lets passengers--or teachers--on and off. But the best principals offer teachers opportunities to drive--or at least navigate--the bus without abandoning them, which is important because most teachers appreciate leaders with a shared sense of responsibility.
Why Teachers Pay Teachers, Teachers of Instagram, and Teach Your Heart Out Are Not the Signs of the Apocalypse You Think They Are
This splashy new normal in education is creating change--most of it wonderful, some of it troubling. But this wonderful and brave new world for teachers with diverse places to look for content, mentors, materials, and inspiration has made what's arguably one of the toughest jobs in America just a tiny bit easier. And that's something wonderful.
All too often, well-meaning administrators suggest new teachers watch more experienced teachers to see mastery in action. But new teachers, with their lack of experience and pedagogical understanding, are not always able to identify nuances of effective teaching and then successfully implement new strategies. On a solo safari, what new teachers see is literally what they get.
As the cold winter months give way to spring, are you finding comfort in the familiar or forging ahead on a new path. 2014 Montana State Teacher of the Year Anna Baldwin discovers an unexpected metaphor in the juxtaposition of snowshoes and songbirds.