A List of What to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences

So. You’re starting to roll in those parent-teacher conferences on your schedule, and you’re starting to wonder….what in the WORLD are we going to talk about, and how can I prepare? I remember in the days leading up to my first conferences, veteran teachers were constantly slipping things into our conversations like “Gotta get my

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My Favorite Lesson Plan for Teaching Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning

Let’s face it. Teaching argumentative writing is hard. Each year I teach it, I always know it’s going to be one of the most energy-taxing units of the year. The art of creating a well-crafted argument is challenging for most students–let’s be real, most people, young or not–and facilitating a whole class of teenagers through

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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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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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