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Teacher Off Duty is a blog dedicated to what teachers do behind the scenes.

It’s a blog that might simulate a conversation you might have while kicking back with another teacher–about craft or about how you keep sane–or simply a go-to blog for when you’re sipping coffee on a Saturday. Let’s be real: even when we’re off duty, we’re on.

If there is something I’ve realized to be true, it’s that how teachers spend their time outside of the classroom can define what they do inside the classroom.  I want to help you work smarter, advocate better, and take care of yourself so you can go out there and keep fighting the good fight.

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Teacher Resources

I LOVE teaching slam poetry.  If you do too, or have never heard of it but are interested a crazy engaging way to teach poetry, check out this post where I’ve compiled over 25 of my favorite slam poems to use in the classroom.

Also, this post about teaching kids how to use quotes as textual evidence, written while I was still in college, was my first blog post that hit over 10k views.  I hope it can help you as much as it helped others.

Read how at the press of a few buttons, I had 28 other teachers in my squirrel-y 6th grade room by using differentiated recorded lessons, fo’ FREE!


Check out this post on why self-care is possibly one of the most important things for both our kids, for ourselves, and for our education system as a whole. Or this post with 5 steps to beating Teacher Burnout. Self-care and preserving the teacher workforce forms the core of what inspired Teacher Off Duty.

Travel Tips

Why is travel on a teacher blog, you ask? Ya’ll, I know teaching is life, but teaching isn’t and should never be our WHOLE lives. Traveling is just one way to feed your life outside of teaching, and happens to be a huge part of mine. In fact, I think that all teachers should travel at least a bit, and want to make it as easy as possible for you.  Check out my first Teacher-Budget Travel about Costa Rica.  I might be biased, but that country is my favorite place in the world, and one you can’t miss.

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