Teaching Tips & Resources

Creating systemic change and solving problems BEFORE they happen – Education Article

My guest in this episode is Dan Heath, a New York Times bestselling author of five books, the most recent being “Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen.” This book is a MUST read for anyone who’s curious about how to create systemic change or how to improve our daily lives through pro-active problem-solving. Dan explains why we spend more time and resources fixing problems than preventing them. He gives concrete examples of people and organizations that have…

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11 practical tips for work/life balance when teaching from home – Education Article

Work/life balance doesn’t mean creating a total separation between teaching and everything else. To me, balance is about integrating work with the rest of your priorities in a way that allows you to give appropriate time and energy to each. Balance IS possible and worth striving for, even when teaching remotely from home for the first time. If you feel like you’re tied to the computer 24/7 and working more now than ever before, these 11 reminders can help. …

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12 ways to connect with kids and prioritize relationships while teaching remotely – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: 12 simple ways to build a genuine connection with your students while teaching remotely. During distance learning, look for small, simple ways you can center kids’ physical and mental well-being, which will, in turn, be energizing and uplifting for you, as well. I’ve collected 12 types of ideas from members of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club to give you some insight into how other K-12 teachers from around the world are…

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How to make teacher lunches quick to prep and decision-free – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: teacher lunch ideas that are simple, easy, and quick to prepare. While seemingly a pleasant break from the day, lunch can actually be a big stressor for teachers: figuring out what to pack, having your lunch break scheduled at an oddly early or late, not getting a lunch break at all, and having to scarf down a whole meal in 15 minutes due to all the other tasks that cut into your…

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8 simple ways to move toward a zero-waste classroom – Education Article

Want to shift your mindset and daily practices toward a greener teaching practice. In this interview with Heidi  Rose, you’ll learn small actionable steps you can take to raise students’ consciousness about their consumption and reduce the amount of trash generated in your classroom. The term “zero-waste” can seem daunting. And the truth is that there’s really no such thing as zero-waste and the term only exists to remind us that we’re working toward a circular system, not that we…

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4 things your school psychologist wishes you knew about sped referrals… – Education Article

My guest today is the school psychologist version of me. Dr. Rebecca Branstetter and I met about 12 years ago when we were both new to education blogging, and it’s been amazing how our life paths have paralleled in so many ways. She’s the author of the School Psychologist’s Survival Guide and several books on parenting kids with special needs, such as The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Executive Functioning Disorder and The Conscious Parent’s Guide to ADHD. Her expertise in supporting students…

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How to act (rather than react) and stop wasting class time when kids are off-task – Education Article

One of the frustrations that I think has been common to every teacher, in every location, across the history of time, is that of having your instruction interrupted by someone who’s not paying attention. And I lead with that, because I think it’s important to have the larger context: Students being off-task is not a problem that is unique to you, caused solely because of you, or that you can ever solve 100%. There is no classroom in which every…

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4 myths about great teaching debunked – Education Article

You might know Jennifer Gonzalez from her incredible website and podcast–both are titled Cult of Pedagogy and are a wealth of information on the topic she’s most passionate about (apart maybe from CrossFit). And that’s helping teachers develop and implement amazing lessons. Jenn draws from her experience as a high school English teacher and a professor as she researches best teaching practices and shares them in a way that is practical and easy to implement in the classroom right away.…

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How to raise expectations (and have students rise to meet them) – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: There’s a lot of research out there about what it means to be a warm demander but what I’m hoping to add to the conversation with this episode is a personal touch: What exactly does being a warm demander look like? “The warm demander” approach isn’t something that’s brand new.  In fact, the term was coined by Judith Kleinfeld back in 1975.  It’s an equity approach, grounded in showing students that you care…

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My best advice on 10 sticky situations in schools – Education Article

Today we’re talking about tricky topics that teachers face. These are issues that it’s difficult for me to offer detailed advice on without knowing a whole lot of specifics. So I’m going to stay big picture, and give you my best piece of advice – the one thing, the most important thing – that I can say about topics such as: leadership that plays favorites working with student teachers supporting colleagues when morale is low lack of student motivation kids…

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