Teachers

Productivity is in the Planning


I am a procrastinator. I have a warped sense of time. I am perpetually late. I am so easily distracted. I am a social butterfly. And sometimes, I have a hard time finishing projects that I start. This may mean that I have ADD or ADHD or some other acronymed disorder. But it also means that I have to try harder than most people to actually sit down and get things done. 

Plagiarism - in my own words

 

"In your own words" 
"Cite your sources" 
"No, you can't just copy and paste that entire website as your essay." 

Things teachers say quite frequently when giving writing assignments. Well, hopefully not the last one, but we all know there are students who will try. 

Power Up with Us!


Your digital toolbox may be overflowing with all sorts of apps, websites, and programs that you added in the last year due to virtual learning. How many of those are you still using? How many are still proving to be effective? You can count them.  

Go ahead. I'll wait. 

What Kind of Impressions Will You Make This Year?


The end of summer for teachers is usually packed with PD days, planning, making copies, organizing, planning, rearranging, maybe even painting, did we mention planning? You plan your first week of lessons. You plan fun activities to get to know your students. You plan out your seating charts and desk orientations. But before the first day of school, you have to get ready for your big night: Open House!  

In the Words of Ross Gellar: PIVOT!


PIVOT – the word for the 2020-2021 school year. There are also words and phrases like learning loss, zoombombing, unstable connection, and asynchronous. 

Our Current Favorite Classroom Inspirations

By: Melissa Young, guest writer

With the pandemic forcing everyone online, maintaining connections with students has become harder than ever. Although challenging, keeping students engaged is still extremely important when creating a great learning experience. A good step is becoming familiar with online resources, and we’re here to help with that! We have curated a must-follow list of educators, authors, and other influential people that are sure to keep your classes (and timeline) lively!

A Whole New World of Teaching

By: Kay Walling, guest writer High school ELA, Texas

Teacher Appreciation Continues


We had so much fun with our Teacher Appreciation 10 Days of Giveaways! There were nearly 100 teachers' names in the hat! We ended up sending out SEVEN Amazon gift cards and donating to THREE different DonorsChoose projects! It has been an honor and privilege to be able to celebrate and support teachers in these tangible ways.  

Teaching in the Pandemic, Part 2


As if we didn't already appreciate teachers before COVID-19 threw a giant wrench into what we knew as normal, everything they've done over the past 14 months has significantly deepened our gratitude. We love how they have faced new challenges with redoubled determination and dedication, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts! Since we are celebrating teachers this month, we thought it was appropriate that we posted our second round of interviews with teachers about what school has been like during the pandemic. 

Teaching in the Pandemic, Part 1


Back in the spring of 2020, the country was singing the praises of teachers because the magnitude of their position in society was realized when schools were shut down and the responsibility of teaching was left to parents. Social media was ablaze with teacher appreciation. There was a feeling of gratitude in the air, but that swell of recognition soon fell quiet as the year went on and the promise of returning to in-person learning became increasingly unlikely for most of America.