Congrats to Julie Jensen, our first Teacher Spotlight honoree! Julie has been a standout member of our community so we wanted to give you the chance to get to know where she’s coming from, what makes her tick, and what’s on her mind as she looks ahead in her career. Continue reading Teacher Spotlight: Julie Jensen
New Ways to Connect
On TeachersConnect, all teachers can make a difference by collaborating with each other, regardless of location and experience. Your questions get answered, and your ideas get heard.
Every day, we strive to provide the tools and features that help you connect with the teachers who can help you improve. In the newest update, here’s what you’ll find:
TeachersConnect is looking for a junior PHP developer to help us create new ways for teachers around the world to connect with each other. This is initially a contract role that could turn into a full time role and the successful applicant must be able to visit our Boston office on a regular basis.
Self-Reflection in the New Year
By Kristen Fraine
With the New Year just starting there’s plenty of chatter amongst friends, family, and colleagues about everyone’s goals for their own personal “New Year, New You” ambitions. As a teacher, I find myself doing this sort of self-reflection and goal setting both at the start of the school year and the start of the calendar year. It’s a sort of mental reset that’s nice to have twice a year, but can be difficult because self-reflection isn’t always easy. I always find these conversations an awkward combination of exciting, stressful and invigorating.
So I started to think about it like a lesson plan – how would I ask my students to reflect and set goals? Can I scaffold this life-lesson for myself? Continue reading New Year, New … Approach to Teaching?
“That’s not fair! Why does Timmy get fewer spelling words than I do?”
What’s on the mind of a teacher on the first day of school?
Most of us remember what it felt like to be a student on the first day of a new school year. The excitement of seeing friends, the uncertainty of finding the right classroom, and the distress over the first homework assignment.
But what about the adult at the front of the classroom?
It’s important to always find some “me-time” even during the always-on-the-go school year. Whether that time for you means diving into what interests you or it means broadening your knowledge by reading relevant educational articles, blogs, and texts, it can be difficult to know what you want to focus on during those ever-elusive little moments you sneak into your schedule. We decided to reach out to real teachers to hear what has been on their “me-time” reading lists – asking for anything and everything – and this is what they had to say…
At some point in every student’s life, they will work with a classmate who has a disability.
I remember the first time as a child that I noticed a student with cerebral palsy: Our class was heading down a hallway as first-graders do, single file, trying not to trip on our own shoelaces.
Start assigning them tomorrow.
As a teacher, curriculum developer, and parent, I’m constantly seeking ways to allow young people to “take ownership” over a piece of text and build strong reading “muscles” along the way. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite text-dependent prompts (most of which were crafted with former colleagues at The Writers’ Express and Amplify—strong shout out to them).
Adapting to a New Group of Students
Starting off the year is challenging in numerous ways, but for me, it’s been interesting to see how each class takes on a different tone or personality. With that in mind, I’ve found it’s helpful to have some classroom management ideas in your back pocket so that you can flex to the needs of the group of students you have.
Here are a roundup of ideas that were shared in a recent online conversation amongst Loyola Maryland faculty, students and alum: Continue reading Real Strategies from Real Teachers