• books,  librarian

    Teachers Are Readers, Too!

    Most teachers consider themselves lifelong learners. At North Greenville University, that was actually one of the criteria for student teaching – prove you are a lifelong learner. At the time, I thought that was dumb, but as I continue to grow as an educator, I see the value of it. There are lots of ways to learn, educate yourself, and continue to hone your craft. You can attend conferences (whether in-person or virtual), go to professional developments, grow a PLN or connect with other teachers. But one of the best ways (and the focus of this blog) is to read professional books. Now, not all books are created equal –…

  • students,  teaching

    Finding Out What We Really Need In The End

    In March, I would have given anything for a break. I would have given a kidney, a lung, heck, take it all. I needed a break. There were over 30 of you in each class and each one of you wanted something from me. I was tired. I was exhausted and worn out. I couldn’t make it another day. I needed no more hugs. Seriously, I’m holding my fist up to fist bump you – doesn’t that clearly indicate you’ve hugged me enough today? I needed you to stop talking when I’m talking. We don’t care that you’re going to Zaxby’s later or that your dog had puppies – well,…

  • books,  librarian

    Mapril Madness Tournament of Books!

    The coronavirus certainly made things in the education world a little difficult. Teachers had to design eLearning plans on the fly, grading is different, and parents are having to monitor their children’s usage of the Chromebooks – are they really doing work or are they just playing NitroType? It affected my “work” as an aspiring librarian as well. Not only did I end up having to complete my practicum hours by watching webinars but my March Madness Tournament of Books – something that had been going really well in the first two weeks of March, when we were in school – kind of fizzled out once all the kids were…

  • media specialist,  teaching,  Uncategorized

    Teacher Resources

    Welcome to the wonderful world of eLearning. If you’re like me (and a teacher), you are navigating the waters of online learning with half a paddle, a boat with a few holes in it, and are those shark fins?? Online learning is something that I wasn’t prepared to do at the drop of a hat and I’m having to learn it as I go. Not only that but I’m still finishing up my grad work for my Media Specialist certification at the same time. Busy, busy, busy. However, it has not been all bad. Have you ever heard of a silver lining? Those rare moments where everything is not all…

  • librarian,  teaching

    Practice What You Preach

    It’s a lesson that I teach my students, over and over again. When we went to Beta Convention and they gave their all and were convinced they’d placed, only to find out they fell short…we talked about how it’s possible to do your very best and not “succeed.” It’s entirely plausible that you could do your very best, put it all on the table, and still not achieve the desired results. The same is true for us teachers, especially those of us on the job hunt. We pour our hearts and souls into interviews, into preparing for interviews, into making sure that we nail each and every question, and it…

  • new teacher,  teacher,  teaching,  Uncategorized

    Teacher Burnout – It’s a Real Thing

    As teachers, we are often yanked and pulled in many different directions. These days, it is very rare to find a teacher who just teaches his or her classes and goes home. I mean, I guess they exist but they’re kind of like unicorns. Most teachers teach their classes and then they also sponsor a club or coach a sport. They stay late after school to grade or come in early to tutor. Some teachers plan field trips or act as a mentor to first-year teachers. And then there are the teachers that you always see lugging work home on a Friday afternoon, no matter how many times you’ve heard…

  • beta club,  Uncategorized

    Putting It All On the Line

    Sometimes, life isn’t easy. Sometimes, it’s hard. As a teacher, it can be especially hard to watch your students pour their hearts and souls into something and come up short. It’s times like that when we, as teachers, have to remind ourselves that we can shape these students and push them and cheer for them and they can still fall short of their goals. That doesn’t mean we failed them. That doesn’t mean you didn’t do a great job as a teacher. It just means that this time wasn’t their time. But boy, oh boy, can that be hard. Trust me, I know. Let me tell you a story… Two…

  • reading

    Engage Them With Reading

    I’ve posted before about the love of reading and the power of books. I’ll keep talking about the magnificence of books until I’m blue in the face and all my readers (all one of you) are bored out of your mind. That’s how awesome reading is and how much I believe it is necessary for our students. I’m always harping on reading in my classroom. I have a classroom library of over 500 books and I’m constantly adding more. While I teach Social Studies, I’m trying to help my students build a love of reading by suggesting titles I think they’ll enjoy and purchasing books they ask for or books…

  • new year,  new year's resolutions

    A New Year … Some New Goals …

    Everyone knows that when the New Year comes around, you make New Year’s Resolutions (that you may or may not keep). Some people say they’re going to budget. Others vow to exercise. There are those who want to start a new job or finish college. Everyone’s goals are different and it’s always a good idea to have goals – whether you start them on New Year’s or on January 21. Or even in July. Seriously, just have some goals. I, personally, have set a few goals for myself this year. Mine are more of the practical type and I’m not pretending that I won’t hit a few roadblocks or stumble…

  • academics,  new teacher,  procedures,  substitute teacher

    It’s a Teacher Thing: Substitute Plans

    This week’s blog topic is focusing on substitute plans. Most likely, your school has a designated time to turn in emergency plans and, hopefully, this blog post will help you with some important tips on sub plans. As a former substitute teacher, I can tell you how important it is to have good sub plans! Putting in a little effort on your part can really pay off and make your sub’s day a lot easier. If your school is like mine, we have a hard time getting and keeping substitute teachers, especially good ones. There are some key things to keep in mind as you prepare for your substitute to…