Teaching

Expository Writing Made Easy

Four years ago in mid-February, I was pulled into a meeting with another teacher and a plan was laid out for all of us to switch grade levels. One teacher in 7th grade was no longer available in the classroom,  it was now our job to fill in the gaps, and I was going to …

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The Start of the School Year Through Title 1 Eyes

Monday morning, I woke up giddy.  Professional development was starting and that meant the structure of my day was decided for me. Even though I adore my summer, I have always loved the start of the school year- a fresh beginning, another chance to grow.   I made my coffee, ate my breakfast, and made my …

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10 Website That Will Positively Transform Your Classroom

  I think it’s more obvious than ever that students are wired differently today. Technology has shifted their learning styles and their future paths to success. It has created an enormous amount of opportunity and has shaped not only learning styles but teaching styles as well. At my school this year, we were fortunate enough …

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New Teachers, Where You At? (Part 2)

Franklin Habit once said, “Teaching seems to require the sort of skills one would need to pilot a bus full of live chickens backwards, with no brakes, down a rocky road through the Andes while simultaneously providing colorful and informative commentary on the scenery.” At this time of the year, we all know that this …

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New Teachers, Where You At? (Part 1)

At twenty-two, my passion for teaching was ignited and I thought I was completely ready to take on the world. I was a newlywed that just moved to Austin from Lubbock, Texas after graduating from college. I had just completed the “Tech Teach” program where two years of challenging classes, and a year of student …

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"In the Midst" Moments

Last week, I could barely come up for air. I dove directly into Monday with a Plan Day, where we were able to get time off campus to do exactly what makes a teacher successful: plan. We spent the first portion grading essays for data, and then we created and cemented lessons for the rest …

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