I find that a number of my teacher buddies have a lot of questions that surround parent teacher conferences. Less about how to present each students strengths and struggles, grades, test scores etc. and more about how to engage parents, empower them and help them feel like a welcomed part of their kiddo’s education.
How are you engaging parents initially about parent teacher conferences? Is there communication that goes home from the school? From you personally? What does your message convey to your parents? Read More
Because of my background in mental health education, I personally focus on the emotional costs of teachers leaving the classroom for good. The impact that this abrupt shift has on not only students, but teachers, administrators and districts as a whole. I know that student’s need stability and consistency – they need to feel that their teachers are vested in this future and are going to stick around through their struggles. Read More
Refocusing bad behavior can be tricky. When a student act out, it is easy to take their actions personally – they are deliberately disobeying me. I find that, because teachers are just like anyone else, bad behavior begins to wear on their patience, just like it would anyone else. Bad behavior in the classroom is distracting for everyone and Is typically a call for attention from the student exhibiting it. For new teachers, it’s difficult to manage when to ignore bad behavior and when/how to acknowledge it. As always, let’s talk strategies and ways to improve on them. Read More
Teachers spend their days giving all they have to others. Their developers, problem solvers, ambassadors, BS sniffer outers, counselors….and then school ends for the day and they move on to their home life responsibilities. It can be quite overwhelming, especially for new teachers as they try to get a rhythm down. How can you tell the difference between a few stressful days and teacher burnout? I’ve put together 5 warning signs of this sneaky little guy to help new teachers spot him before he takes hold.
1. No Spark, no smoke….no fire
When you’re motivated and in love…it’s really Read More
The need for mental health support for teachers is more important than ever before. Even if you love your job, as I do, it can be stressful working in education. Recently I was taking a workplace assessment, clearly modeled after the MMPI (darn counselors, and their personality assessments!). One of the questions asked me to rate my opinion strongly agree to strongly disagree: “teaching would be great, if it Read More