“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.
How Decision Fatigue Ruins Your Day (and How to Beat It)
Once you learn how to recognize decision fatigue, you can find ways to simplify your teaching life, take back your energy, and do your job better.
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.
A Few Strategies to Help Slow-Working Students
We want students to work at their own pace, but when one student is significantly slower than his peers, it can cause problems for him and for his teachers. These strategies can help.
Diary of a First-Year Teacher: Balance
When the school year started, I told myself that I need to focus on one thing at a time, not stretch myself too thinly. But even as I type this, my mind is racing. It’s come to a point where I have so many projects to be working on, I find myself not working on any.
5 Powerful Ways to Save Time as a Teacher
The number one thing teachers need? More time. But helping teachers find more time has always been a problem I couldn’t solve. Until now.
Self-Paced Learning: How One Teacher Does It
Most teachers feel they could be doing a better job of differentiating instruction, but many can’t figure out how to manage it. How to run a classroom where each student is working on a different thing, at a different speed? See how one teacher does it.
Letter to an Overachiever
Here’s what happened over the last few days: I dropped the ball. My deadline came and went, and as I watched it slip away, a sense of peace washed over me.
Diary of a First-Year Teacher: Setting Goals
“When I was student teaching, I gave it my all, consistently working thirteen hour days, and I’d find myself crying out of stress at least once a week. But is that lifestyle sustainable? Heck no. And I’m not going to let myself get like that again.”