As a parent who has now sat through four years of my son’s back to school nights, I have gained some insight. So, I thought I’d ask around and see what other parents had to say about the back to school nights they’ve attended. This is what I found:
It’s possible to consciously change your mindset from fixed to one of continual growth. Once you have seen someone embrace a growth mindset, you can see its value. People will begin to take on challenges beyond what they might have otherwise. They push themselves with language like, “What can we learn from our mistake?” and “What are we missing?”
As teachers we need a quick lunch that will sustain us throughout a long day. You work super hard, and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste just because you’re squeezed for time. Here are some of my favorite easy, yummy, & reasonably healthy lunches. I hope you find them helpful if you’ve run into a “lunch rut”.
My planner is the glue that holds my busy life together! I never let the last month arrive without making sure I have a new one. So far I’ve used the very functional, yet very ugly, planner my school site hands out at preservice. (They wouldn’t want us to miss a “super exciting” staff meeting!) Continue reading
Overwhelming! It’s the perfect word to sum up my first year of teaching.
It’s not all doom and despair though. It is exhausting, but your first year teaching will also be full of discoveries and excitement! I’m reflecting back and writing this post with the hope that my experience makes the transition a little smoother for other teachers.
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Looking for some awesome tips to increase your students’ reading fluency? It seems that so many tips and strategies on improving fluency are geared towards early elementary grades, but I’d love to share with you some strategies that work really well in grades four through six.
It’s always a good time to teach about generosity & gratitude, especially when kids are hyper-focused on ‘getting’. This is one of the best times to teach them about the joy of giving. As always, take it easy on yourself! If your days are jam-packed and you don’t have time to add this concept into your teaching schedule, no worries. Just make a mental note to tackle it at some point during the year.
Practicing gratitude for the smallest blessings chases away discontent. Learning and practicing this skill early on teaches children how to lift themselves up emotionally when life gets hard. This type of metacognition can equip students to better deal with depression. Academics are surely important, but social emotional skills are must-haves ! Continue reading
The reading specialist in my district recently let us in on a little known “secret”! Teachers can now apply for special teacher library cards! The card lets you check out double the items, for twice as long, and they won’t accrue overdue fines. All you need to get one of these bad boys is a current teacher’s id badge. Continue reading
When our principal walks through our rooms she leaves a little note with a few compliments and a suggestion. The last suggestion she left me was to increase student talk. Knowing that this is an area I need to work on, I’m excited to take a deeper look at a few of the ideas presented in “The Reading Strategies Book”. Deepening comprehension through speaking & listening is part of the 12th goal. Here are 3 “gold nuggets” I especially liked from this chapter: Continue reading