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Tools for Teacher Time Management

When I first started teaching I taught five periods with one period of prep time, unless of course I had to sub for a colleague. I also took grad school classes two nights a week. 909 more words


Running out of time (or, how I'm dealing with snow day #7!)

You would think that, after 10 years teaching, I would have my timing perfectly planned out everyday. However, the truth is I always run out of time. 1,012 more words


Mise-en-Place: For cooking and teaching

Last weekend I heard an especially timely piece about organized living on NPR. The piece was about a chefs’ term “mise-en-place” which means “to gather and arrange the tools and ingredients needed for cooking.” Two parts of the story really stuck out to me. 576 more words


Learning to trust my past self

For several years now I have done the majority of my planing for the next school year in June. For example, when school got out in June 2014, I spent several days planning for the 2014-2015 school year. 561 more words


The First Day of School

I always have trouble sleeping before the first day of school.

But last night I slept like a rock

To be fair, I anticipated my usual anxiety around the first day and took Benadryl (it helps me sleep). 579 more words


Top 4 Reasons that Summers Off Make Me a Better Teacher

Teacher Musings:

I’m not gonna lie – having seven weeks off in the summer* is pretty great. The way I use these seven weeks has changed quite a bit since having children of my own. 888 more words


What I Learn When I Set Students Free

Every year I forget what a difficult time the ending of the school year is.  The last few weeks always have a few (but always too many) students who come to ask for “make-up” work, or ask what they can do to “pass” or “get a good grade” for the year.  673 more words