New Detroit Teachers Guide to Parent Teacher Conferences

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?

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The Cost of Teacher Turnover

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.

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How to turn around bad classroom behavior

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.

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Strategies for the Worst Day in Teaching; Energy Gains

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

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