• books,  librarian,  media specialist,  Uncategorized

    Blind Date with a Book Success!

    So, last month was my first big project as a fake “librarian” in my school. Since I’m doing my practicum this semester, I’m doing different activities in my library to get hours and to get practice as a librarian. My first big project/display was a “Blind Date with a Book” display for the month of February and it was a much bigger success than I expected! Woo-hoo! Today’s blog is going to recap what I did to set-up the Blind Date display, how I monitored it, and some of the key takeaways. That way, if you’re an aspiring librarian you can get some suggestions for how to do this in…

  • school,  teacher,  Uncategorized

    Finding Joy Outside of Teaching

    As teachers, we are generally busy. If you ever see a teacher who rolls in right at the time for class to start and leaves as soon as the last child leaves, then you’ve basically seen Santa Claus. Teachers don’t just work a 9-5. Often, teachers are grading after school and on weekends, attending sporting events, and even taking graduate classes. Because a good teacher is a lifelong learner, you know. But it’s important for teachers to remember to take time for themselves. I’m not talking family time or coaching Little League (although those are certainly worthy endeavors). I’m talking legit, “me time.” Time where it is, simply put, all…

  • 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,  back to school,  classroom,  classroom management,  classroom procedures,  new teacher

    It’s a Teacher Thing: Classroom Management Hack

    If there’s one thing that can be difficult for new teachers, it’s classroom management. You can have the most well-thought out procedures, have your bell schedule prominently displayed, and be ready to not smile until Christmas but the class can still run amok. Last year, my classes pushed me to my breaking point. There were sometimes more than 30 kids in the classes (including several with IEPs or BIPs or 504s or ESOL accommodations) and it was often hard to get the entire class to be quiet. I’ve always struggled with determining who the culprit really is when there are multiple students talking and last year was no exception. I…

  • 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…

  • new teacher,  school,  teacher

    It’s a Teacher Thing: Dealing With An Emergency Situation – Drill or Not

    As teachers, we are going to be relied upon to handle different types of emergency situations. In this day and age, that doesn’t just mean fire drills and tornado drills. Instead, students now are expected to know what to do if there is an active shooter inside or outside the building, if there is a bomb threat, as well as the regular fire and tornado drills. Your first priority should be to know what is expected of you during these drills. Every teacher has a specific evacuation plan for fire drills and certain protocols to follow when those drills happen. Where are you supposed to take your students? Do you…

  • back to school,  classroom,  teacher

    It’s a Teacher Thing: The First Week

    First, sorry for being MIA last week. It was the week of teacher in-service days and boy, oh boy, did I stay busy! Goodness. The week flew by. Between stressing over getting my room done (I did and might put up another blog post with pictures), preparing for orientation (I met 76 of my students but, of course, the ones with the crazy IEPs did not come), taking a field trip into our students’ neighborhoods (and chasing down a shell-shocked kid to give him candy), and trying to lesson plan…it was a crazy week to say the least. So my apologies to the one person who reads this blog! 😉…