Keeping Students Focused Despite Spring Fever

We know spring has apparently sprung when students begin to peer out the classroom window and be less than focused during class time.  Even as the adults in the equation, we can find ourselves pining for sunshine and fresh air.  In order for adults to maintain clarity and purpose, students to stay focused, keep students…

Growing Your PLN with Twitter [Podcast #008]

What a time it is to be an educator!  Thanks to Twitter, we are able to connect with professionals from other schools and share fresh ideas, learn about what is working, and encourage each other in our journey to make a difference for our students.  In fact, of the over half billion tweets posted each day,…

10 Ways to Beat Third Quarter Teacher Burnout

The period between Christmas break and Spring break can be a challenging time to keep students and teachers upbeat and positive about coming to school each day. These are the “gray days” of the school year and I am not immune to succumbing to these same feelings of burnout and just going through the motions. How…

Increase Your Chances at Making a Home Run Hire [Podcast #007]

One of the most important and challenging activities we go through as a school is hiring a new member of our staff.  This decision can have major implications on our team dynamics and impact the overall learning in our building.  Though, much like teaching itself, this process is as much art as it is science, and…