Teachers

5 Things You Should Do to Kick 2022 Off Right


We're not denying the value of reflection. As educators, we understand how important it is to think back and see what worked and where we need to pivot. However, you can't move forward if you're not at least looking in that direction! So yes, take a glance over the last year, but don't forget to turn back around. Think about driving your car. Sometimes it's necessary to reverse (back out of your driveway or a parking spot), but it's much quicker to get where you're going if you drive forward. 

Add These Podcasts to Your Queue NOW!

 

When you don't have time to sit down and comb through pages and pages of search results on the internet but you need some inspiration, help on how to teach a lesson or lead a discussion, or just to know that you're not alone, what can you do? Listen to a podcast! Listen on your drive to school or when you're running errands. Maybe set aside some time during the week to catch the latest episode. Podcasts are incredible resources that you can take with you on the go.  

Productivity is in the Planning


I am a procrastinator. I have a warped sense of time. I am perpetually late. I am so easily distracted. I am a social butterfly. And sometimes, I have a hard time finishing projects that I start. This may mean that I have ADD or ADHD or some other acronymed disorder. But it also means that I have to try harder than most people to actually sit down and get things done. 

Plagiarism - in my own words

 

"In your own words" 
"Cite your sources" 
"No, you can't just copy and paste that entire website as your essay." 

Things teachers say quite frequently when giving writing assignments. Well, hopefully not the last one, but we all know there are students who will try. 

Power Up with Us!

 

Your digital toolbox may be overflowing with all sorts of apps, websites, and programs that you added in the last year due to virtual learning. How many of those are you still using? How many are still proving to be effective? You can count them.  

Go ahead. I'll wait. 

What Kind of Impressions Will You Make This Year?


The end of summer for teachers is usually packed with PD days, planning, making copies, organizing, planning, rearranging, maybe even painting, did we mention planning? You plan your first week of lessons. You plan fun activities to get to know your students. You plan out your seating charts and desk orientations. But before the first day of school, you have to get ready for your big night: Open House!  

In the Words of Ross Gellar: PIVOT!


PIVOT – the word for the 2020-2021 school year. There are also words and phrases like learning loss, zoombombing, unstable connection, and asynchronous. 

Our Current Favorite Classroom Inspirations


With the pandemic forcing everyone online, maintaining connections with students has become harder than ever. Although challenging, keeping students engaged is still extremely important when creating a great learning experience. A good step is becoming familiar with online resources, and we’re here to help with that! We have curated a must-follow list of educators, authors, and other influential people that are sure to keep your classes (and timeline) lively!

A Whole New World of Teaching

By: Kay Walling, guest writer High school ELA, Texas

Teacher Appreciation Continues


We had so much fun with our Teacher Appreciation 10 Days of Giveaways! There were nearly 100 teachers' names in the hat! We ended up sending out SEVEN Amazon gift cards and donating to THREE different DonorsChoose projects! It has been an honor and privilege to be able to celebrate and support teachers in these tangible ways.