• academics,  back to school,  classroom,  classroom management,  classroom procedures,  expectations,  new job,  new teacher,  new year,  procedures,  teacher,  teaching

    It’s a Teacher Thing: Setting High Expectations From The Start

    We’re into Week 2 of my new, purposeful blog posting. Last week, everything focused on gearing up for your new classroom through buying supplies and physical materials necessary for success. This week, I’m going to be focusing everything on establishing your expectations and procedures at the start. It is incredibly important to establish high expectations and clear procedures from Day 1. Now, while I don’t necessarily believe in “don’t smile until Christmas” – mostly because I have a really bad poker face – I do believe in the advice that you can always get easier but you can’t get harder. It’s a good idea to go into the year with…

  • back to school,  classroom,  new job,  new teacher,  new year,  teacher,  teaching

    It’s a Teacher Thing: Gearing Up for the New School Year

    I know I’ve been away from the blog for a while. To be honest, I went to a writer’s conference in Kentucky and kind of got depressed afterwards so I haven’t done much writing. Then, my father passed away and that has kind of taken up a lot of my time and energy so I just haven’t really been focusing on the blog or book much at all. Today, that is going to change. I am “re-starting” my blog and jumping straight into my new goal – helping new teachers. Each week, the blog will focus on a teacher tip (called It’s a Teacher Thing) to help new and relatively…

  • #starringthesixers,  classroom,  comfort zone,  new job,  new teacher,  sixth grade,  student engagement,  students,  teacher,  teaching

    Oh, If Only I’d Known!! (Week 4)

    It’s time for Week 4 of my blog series, Oh, If Only I’d Known, which is geared towards first-year teachers. I’m going to try and keep it a little shorter this time around since Monday’s blog post was so long! So let’s go! This week, I am going to encourage you new teachers to step outside your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to try something new! That’s this week’s piece of advice.  As a first year teacher, there may be days where you are struggling to keep your head above water and it’s all you can do to use those lesson plans your mentor teacher gave you or the worksheets you…

  • #starringthesixers,  classroom,  new job,  new teacher,  parents,  students,  teacher,  teaching

    Oh, If Only I’d Known!! (Week 3)

    Okay, okay, I know. I’ve been terrible about blogging this summer. I’ve had a lot going on and I’ll be honest with you – sometimes I don’t blog as regularly as I should because I’m pretty sure no one reads my blog anyway! If you do read, please let me know in the comments! 🙂 All right, let’s dive right into this post today.Today’s advice for new teachers centers on something that I am still trying to work through as a now-sixth year teacher. And that piece of advice is: don’t dwell on what you can’t control. Not everyone is always going to agree with you or see things your way…

  • #starringthesixers,  academics,  classroom,  new job,  new teacher,  sixth grade,  teacher,  teaching,  Technology

    Oh, If Only I’d Known…(Week 2!)

    Welcome back to Week 2 of the series, Oh, If Only I’d Known. This week, we are going to be looking at a tip that I think is applicable no matter how many years you have taught! It is one that may be seen as a ‘duh’ tip but it’s always good to keep in the back of your mind.  Expect your technology to fail.That is the tip. Always be prepared in case technology fails on you, the power goes out, the Internet does the spinny circle of death thing as the webpage refuses to load, etc., etc., etc. Trust me, it’s going to happen some day and it will…

  • #starringthesixers,  academics,  classroom,  new job,  new teacher,  sixth grade,  teacher,  teaching,  volunteer

    Oh, If Only I’d Known…

    Hello, there!! Welcome to a new blog series here at Starring The Sixers! I finished up the Classcraft blog series last week and was trying to think what I wanted to do next…and I stumbled upon the idea of a series geared towards first-year teachers. My book, From Newbie to TOY in Zero-Five Years (super working title), is intended to help first-year teachers navigate the pitfalls of beginning to teach so I figured a blog series on that topic would be helpful as well. It’s a seven-week series that will take you more or less right up to that first teacher workday! Some posts will have freebies and some will…