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How Do I Make Them Feel?

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

“Forty-one students?  How do you expect me to teach 41?”  complained the first-grade teacher in her students’ hearing. How did this make them feel?  Some children felt unwanted, and ma... Read More

Teacher!

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

“Teachers have a big impact and people remember their teachers years later.  I had lots of great teachers and they impacted and shaped who I am today.  Whenever I think of my favorite teacher,... Read More

Three Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Teaching

Contributor: Austin Shenk | File type : Blog Post

As a 20-year-old, I started my career in education with no desire to make it a career. I knew it was a good work and I wanted to do well for at least one year but I had no idea then that I would ... Read More

Start with Simple: Tips to Make the First Year Less Stressful

Contributor: Paul Harrison | Length : 5 | File type : Video

New teachers face a daunting task. There are classrooms to decorate, students to manage, and lessons to teach. Paul reminds us to avoid unrealistic expectations. None of us are masters of a craft the ... Read More

Top 10 Lessons for the Teacher

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

I was returning workbooks to my students, and to save a few steps, I gently tossed some books onto desks.  One of the children chided me, saying, “You really shouldn’t make a practice of that... Read More

Thank You, Teachers

Contributor: Shari Zook | File type : Blog Post

For the hours of energy poured into your students over the past nine months–thank you. For waking up every morning ready to face a new day with people you didn’t create, to teach content you ... Read More

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Contributor: Austin Shenk | File type : Blog Post

Life change comes through establishing and working proper routines. As a 20-year-old, I walked into work one day with my drowsiness very apparent.  My co worker knew that I was going to be teaching ... Read More

The Well is Dry

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

This is the first time I can remember that I've felt like maybe I can't go on, maybe I won't make it, and I'm not sure I want to try! I don’t know what else to do with some of these students... Read More

Consistency

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

Being consistent makes me tired!  And I am tired of trying to be consistent!  I know consistency is important, but it would be easier to just let some things go.  I also know I will be glad lat... Read More

I Was Six Years Old

Contributor: Shari Zook | File type : Blog Post

I was six years old, with pigtail braids down my back, when I began my first day of school. Our school was tiny: one teacher, one room in the basement of a little country church house... Read More