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Developing Teacher Presence

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 Developing Teacher Presence

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

A Teacher Planner From a Forgetful Teacher

When it comes to life, I am the most forgetful person! I forget eeeeeverything. I write things down and forget to look at what I wrote. I’ve tried sooooo many different calendars and diaries, but nothing worked for me. After forgetting (for the fourth time!) that I was supposed to be presenting at the staff meeting, I decided that I needed to be more proactive about this problem. That’s when I ... Read More about A Teacher Planner From a Forgetful Teacher

Stop Feeling Like a Fraud as a First Year Teacher

How to stop feeling like a fraud as a first year teacher Confession time! When I landed my first teaching job, I felt like a total fraud. I had no idea what I was doing as a first year teacher! My classroom had 22 students and I felt so completely overwhelmed before I even met them. I knew the curriculum documents would guide me, but what did that all mean? All of my learning from ... Read More about Stop Feeling Like a Fraud as a First Year Teacher

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