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May 14, 2019

How to Spark Empathy During Test-Prep Season: Lessons From a 5th Grade Math Teacher in Brooklyn

Empatico is a great way to spark empathy and energy in your students during testing season.

May 13, 2019

Being a Teacher and a Student: From Burnout to Balance

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.

May 13, 2019

New Teacher, You Didn't Do It Wrong

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.

April 24, 2019

Fill Your Own Bucket: How to Refill Our Teacher Leader Buckets

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.

April 23, 2019

Sparking Empathy: I Used to Think ... But Now I Know ...

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.

April 19, 2019

Why We Must Teach Perspective-Taking When Developing Empathy

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.

April 18, 2019

Who Drives the Bus at Your School?

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.

April 09, 2019

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.

March 15, 2019

Snowshoes and Songbirds

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.

September 18, 2018

Want to Improve Schools? Look to Teacher Leaders

It is possible to harness the expertise of our best teachers and leverage them to help make school a better place.

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