Category Archives: Teacher Performance

Psst…I’m a New Teacher

So, we have established a few pieces that will help: our new teacher community (NTC): Pssst….I’m a New Teacher, a free tutorial on the NTC based on the text, The New Teacher Book, and a free Toolkit o’ Fun.

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Keeping the Funny When Nothing is Funny

For educators, however, it seems like time can make laughter drift out of reach; the results can be devastating. To be sure, a small bit of stress is actually good for us. Stress, in moderate amounts, allows us to focus and remain productive. And human beings highly value productivity. Getting stuff done, especially stuff we like doing, creates a release of Dopamine in the brain. This pleasure hormone is what feeds our feelings of satisfaction. So work is not all bad, it just depends on how we balance it with play.

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What makes a great educator?

What makes a great educator? Someone who takes time out of their day to explain for what seems the two hundredth time a concept to a student and does so with patience. Continue reading

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Four C’s – the New Year Edition

A teacher I really admire used to tell her students, “sometimes, I will be an A teacher, and sometimes I will be a C teacher, just like you’ll sometimes be A students or C students. That just makes us all human.” Continue reading

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Questions are good.

But, as many educators know, questioning is something that opens important thought processes and can lead to deeper learning. Continue reading

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“Teacher Leadership”

Turns out – I was a much better teacher once I shifted my focus. I didn’t achieve that balance, and all of that involvement really didn’t get me any recognition, or “leadership” points. I still don’t know how to be actively involved in a school community without a personal life suffering, which is why I needed to leave teaching. Continue reading

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Back To School Facts

11.2 million: Number of school-age children (5 to 17) who spoke a language other than English at home in 2009. Continue reading

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