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Back To School: The Shortest To Do List For Teachers Starting School

Back to School: The Shortest To Do List for Teachers Starting School

Note: This is the first article in a three-part series on preparing for back to school.  Upcoming topics include building school – home connections and creating a healthy classroom community.

Is summer in your rear view window?  Well, whether you have a few days or weeks left in summer, preparing for the upcoming school year can be both exciting and daunting.  It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the school–or profession, changing grade levels, or a seasoned pro with decades in the game, this three-step “POP” method surely seeks to keep it simple so you can maximize those hours before the school bell rings.

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National Friendship Day: 3 Books On Friendship

National Friendship Day: 3 Books on Friendship

 What’s exactly National Friendship Day?  Through a congressional proclamation in 1935, the first Sunday in August celebrates the value that friends have in our lives.  Friends share in joys, sorrows, and encourage or check you whenever you need them.  They share snacks in the cafeteria, invite you to birthday parties, room with you in college, or take part in special ceremonies like weddings and graduations.  Time, distance, and life circumstances don’t change the impact true friends have on your life, and developing a friend-building culture in the classroom is a starting force that makes all of these things possible.  Whether you’re back in the swing of things or are prepping for those first few days of school, here’s come friendship-related books to share with your children in the classroom or at home.

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Before You Panic: 5 Steps Before You Seek Help For Your Child At School

Before You Panic: 5 Steps Before You Seek Help For Your Child At School

A frustrated, upset child, or child with learning difficulties.

Do you have a child struggling in school, work, or social situations?  Parents–myself included—often worry about what to do, where to go, and who to listen to for sound advice.  From my experience as a teacher and as a mom, it can be frustrating when you’re in that limbo period.  I’m going to share with you some tips to help you be prepared for making that decision if it’s ever needed.

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Seven Sanity-Saving Tips to Truly Rest and Relax During the Summer (or Any Break)

Always burning the late-night oil, crafting that perfect lesson or grading papers? Overwhelmed with maintaining a healthy life/work balance, running out of sick or personal days, losing instructional control in the classroom and don’t know how to cope with traumatic situations with students, needing help to keep up with as well as easy access to important documents, or counting down to the next holiday when school’s closed?  Maybe you’ve taken on a new responsibility–willingly or out of need–and it’s becoming a bit too much to bear.  If you’ve been here at some point [I can relate to some of these], then it’s time to put things on pause.  Doing so not only helps bring things back into balance personally and professionally, but it pays dividends in your classroom as well because these kinds of feelings have a tendency to impact the classroom culture.

Rest and relaxation [R&R] strategies help keep whether the school year’s ending or it’s a few days off, taking the time to recharge and reset physically, emotionally and psychologically is key to preventing teacher burnout and compassionate fatigue.  This is something that some professionals don’t talk a lot about.  Don’t worry or be ashamed, because I want to help you maintain or regain your passion for why you chose to be an education professional in the first place.  Take a look at these tips to see how they can help you get back in the swing of things or determine if you need a change in direction.

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Four Tips to Starting A Summer Book Club in Your Neighborhood

kids-1550017_1920.jpgSummer’s in full swing, and many students are out of school, with caregivers looking for meaningful activities to keep their kids engaged through those long summer days.  Reading is a great way to do this–as ongoing reading and learning opportunities help stymie the summer slide phenomenon kids experience annually1.  Why not engage in this activity as a family or better yet as a community?  Read on for some ways you can make reading clubs fun and excite the whole family.

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