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Things I Wish I Learned as a Student Teacher…

Starting this week, I will be mentoring a student teacher. I did not have much of a student teaching experience as a Teaching Fellow, but I’ve been thinking about things that I wish I’d learned then but didn’t. Don’t take students’ behavior personally. Their anger is not about you. It might be directed at you …

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We made it, but we still have a ways to go…

As we close 2020, many of us are uncertain about what the future holds. When can we all get the vaccines that are beginning to be available? Will it be safe to go back into school buildings? Will we be able to keep our kids engaged and happy when we have to spend less time …

What do you notice?

The first year teaching is one of the hardest periods in someone’s professional life. If you’re lucky, you have a group of mentors and experienced teachers looking out for you (Thanks, Mr. C, Ms. Brusch, Sonya, Juan, et al). If you’re not as lucky, you get handed books, advice and professional development that never really …

Collaboration

This week I attended a Professional Development (PD) workshop on co-teaching. Contrary to popular belief, teachers who don’t work in the summer sometimes spend their time trying to improve their practice for the upcoming year. So with this in mind, I attended this workshop. Now…I will have to say I was disappointed. While the presenters …