Why Your Lesson Plans May Not Be Working

This post is an excerpt from my online course, The Ultimate New Teacher Summer Workshop. The typical lesson plan template has a few basic things: learning objective, materials needed, opening, closing, and assessment. Following these templates, it’s no wonder that so many new teachers struggle through executing their first few lessons. The truth is: experienced

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Education as a Tool for Social Justice in America’s Prisons

Readers, I am excited to introduce to you what I hope to be the first of many more guest posts.  A big thanks to the folks at Teach.com for helping make this happen about such an important topic, and for Sheldon Soper for all his work. If you think you might be interested in collaborating with Teacher

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The Summer To-Do List for First Year Teachers

You’ve probably got 80,130 things swirling around in your head about things you want to do before the school year starts.  It’s such an exciting time!!  I remember the summer before my first year teaching obsessing over EVERYTHING.  What’s up, anxiety.  I thought I needed to make my plans incredible and my classroom looking absolutely

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Why Your Self-Care is More Important than Your To-Do List

Most teachers are good at ignoring our own self-care for long stretches of time. 3 hours without peeing? I’ve trained for this. Working through lunch? Please, born to multi-task. Staying up late to grade 100 papers? Part of the lifestyle. After a while though, we start noticing the deficit. The most obvious? You’re tired. You

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