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15 Classroom Items for Your First Year of Teaching

As a new teacher, your classroom is a blank canvas. You will bring your own personality and pizazz to the room. I bet you've been dreaming for a while about how your classroom will look - the awesome teacher resources and equipment that will stock the cupboards, the comfortable pillows in the reading corner, the overflowing bookshelves... While you've been busy dreaming about your perfect ... Read More about 15 Classroom Items for Your First Year of Teaching

Why You NEED to Start Playing Classroom Games Today

When I first started teaching, I dreaded the rainy days when the students were not able to play outside. The bickering and frustration among my students was unbelievable. But I couldn’t pinpoint a reason. They were allowed to use the computers, there were books to read, classroom games to play, craft activities, coloring pages, and so much more. Surely this was enough to entertain them all for 30 ... Read More about Why You NEED to Start Playing Classroom Games Today

How to boost your teacher presence when you are new

What is Teacher Presence? Scenario: You walk into a classroom full of 10 year old students. They are yelling, laughing, playing, and generally not doing anything they should be doing. As you enter the room, one student looks up and notices you. They nudge the student next to them. Slowly but surely, the noise quietens and before long, all eyes are upon you, waiting to hear what you have to ... Read More about How to boost your teacher presence when you are new

What I Wish My Principal Knew in My First Year of Teaching

One of my most cringe-worthy moments occurred in my first year of teaching. It was about six months into the school year and I was feeling quite overwhelmed with the increased work demands of report writing. Just as I hit the peak of feeling totally snowed-under, an email popped into my inbox. It was from the principal, advising of yet another mandatory meeting. In a really bad moment of ... Read More about What I Wish My Principal Knew in My First Year of Teaching

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