Prioritizing Your Teaching Life (Part 1)

Article by Christy Vacchio

Misconceptions in the public abound when it comes to the life of a teacher. Things like having summers off, 2 weeks at Christmas, Spring Break, and working a 7 ½ hour day are part of most public education contracts. However, as most teachers know, that is not the reality. As teachers, we did not go into education for the pay. We entered into this prestigious field for the love of children. And to love them, we will give them all we are in order to see them be successful.

But does it have to be that way?
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Backwards Design

Article by Chris Anderson and Christy Vacchio

The goal of education is to prepare students for their adult lives. Getting there takes many years of building skills, learning how to apply those skills in real-world situations, learning how to work in teams, and building social networks. However developing those skills in the students in your classroom is challenging. Master teachers must plan with the end goal in mind. So how do we get there?
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Blended Learning Basics

Article by Lori Cargile

The term blended learning is frequently used in education circles. It’s often used to describe the sudden influx and use of instructional technology, but what is it really?
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Prioritize Your Teaching Life

Article by Dora Daniels

How many times have you walked into your classroom and looked at your desk and felt overwhelmed with all the papers you have to grade? Or sat down at your computer to read email and then discovered another thing that you have to complete before the end of the day? How did you feel? Probably like we all do. You mostly thought this will never get done unless I am here for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Teacher Wellness Series – Part 2: Welcome to Winter Break!

Article by Tammy Metcalf
Welcome to Winter Break! In the first blog about teacher wellness, I introduced the phrase allostatic load and challenged you to create your own Teacher Self Appreciation Plan. So, first things first: how are you?
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