So, you have a teacher in your life. Maybe it’s a family member, a significant other, or maybe you just really want to do something nice for your child’s educator. What you DON’T want to do is hand them something cliche and useless (we teachers really don’t need any more coffee mugs, I promise).
From self-care to savings to managing your time, life works a little differently for us teachers. It’s Lit Teaching is here to help.
Do you want to walk into a disorganized mess in September when you’re stressing about new students and new units? Or do you want to walk into a beautiful space, perfectly organized for educational success? This blog post is going to cover a few end-of-the-school-year tips for closing out your classroom to make coming back to school easier.
This book review is for teachers who want to become teacherpreneurs but just can’t get started. If that’s you, then go get Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup NOW.
Lately, I’ve been receiving e-mails and TPT questions like this: I really want to teach The Hate U Give. I know my students would love it. I know they NEED it! But I’m getting pushback from my principal/school/district. What do I do if my school won’t let me teach The Hate U Give?
I want to share some wellness tips that have been taught to me by my best friend, a true teacher’s pet: Roy. Full disclosure, Roy is my greyhound, but he is very wise and teaches and re-teaches me some very important self-care tips every summer.
Every lesson I learned that year was learned the hard way. I was at school late at night, until the custodian came in asking why I was still there. In the parking lot, I would sit in my car, willing myself to walk inside and not cry.
What do you think your students need from you more than anything else? Our curriculum coordinators might tell us it's differentiated instruction or meaningful assessment. Administrators may want us to focus on test-taking strategies, or incorporating more writing into our courses. Your well-meaning colleagues might say it’s compassion and understanding. My answer may shock you, but I stand behind it: your students need you to be more selfish.
What happens when you wake up, feeling awful, knowing full well you’ll be going to bed late (again), tired (some more), and broke (like always)? You do what you have to do, and you get shit done.