“We’re a Family” and Other School Norms that Can Cause Burnout
Is it a reflection of a warm school culture, or a subtle way to get teachers to work even harder? If you suspect it’s the latter, it’s time to push back.
Noticing the Good Stuff: A Suggested Practice
We’re aware of the benefits of positive reinforcement for students, but when it comes to our own practice, how actively do we acknowledge our wins as teachers?
12 Ways Teachers Can Build their Own Resilience
To do the work of a teacher and stick with it long enough to get good at it, you need a level of emotional resilience most other jobs will never require.
Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves (and 4 Ways to Start)
As a whole, teachers aren’t great about taking care of themselves. But that can change, and these four steps can help make that happen.
Why Teaching is Like Dating
We should want our students to like us, but not because we awkwardly talk about rap music and basketball.
The Danger of Teacher Nostalgia
When we blame our teaching problems on the collective inferiority of a generation, we only make things worse.
How to Stop Yelling at Your Students
Even if you’re a great teacher, even if you’re a swell person most days, sometimes it all gets to be too much and you just snap.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students
If we know what works to motivate students, why are so many students still unmotivated? These five questions will help you determine if your practice is really in line with research.