This year, things seem busy. Busier than ever (maybe I always say that?). The demands in the classroom are never ending and what the outside world asks of teachers and schools continues to grow. Let's be honest. This job could be easy if you phoned it in; but you don't, we don't, because you and me are the real deal -- we are educators who believe in our core that every student, every class, every minute counts. This pressure to do it all can cause teachers, to focus on what isn't working, to hone in on the problems, and approach burn out. Right when I am about to leap full force into what I think of as a "massive cavern of teacher stress," I take a moment to mindfully focus on the positives of the job; why it all matters. This mental checklist is literally part of my internal dialogue. It keeps burnout at bay. Trust me, if you don't have one -- you need one that's personal to your life and your teaching. So here's my Why I am Thankful to Be a Teacher Mental Checklist. I use it. Every Single. Day.
I strongly believe that these three big ideas can help all school librarians improve their teaching practice and in doing so, help improve the lives of the learners and teachers who visit their libraries to learn, read, dream, inquire, collaborate and create. I hope that if you missed the conference that this reflection post can help bring you up to speed. If you were able to attend the conference, I'd love to hear about your major take-aways.
Take5: College Essays, Poverty, Power Learning with Movement, Effective Talk and lastly Sleep, and how to get more of it.
Trick or Take5! In celebration of Halloween, we've lined up five "treats" for you, including an extra special podcast recommendation. So raid some of that Halloween candy, put your feet up, and take five minutes to explore the educational world while improving your own classroom. Happy Halloween teacher friends!
Does any of this sound familiar?
Take5: 50 Writing Prompts, Parental Math Anxiety, Kid Edcamp, the Role of Teachers in Tough Times and more
This week's Take5 explores a myriad of topics from reading, writing and math to the emotional well-being of our students in moments of crisis. We also highlight a piece on Edcamp for students if you are looking for a new way to engage learners. No matter what subject or level you teach, there is something for everyone in this week's post. So take a little time to foster your own learning and read on. Or as we like to think of it at BubbleUp Classroom: take five minutes for yourself. You deserve it.
I've worked as a middle school educator for almost twelve years. I can easily channel my inner twelve year old, jetting myself back to my own junior high experience (yes, I was in 7th and 8th grade back when it was still called "junior high"). This year, however, is different. My oldest son is now in seventh grade, experiencing middle school at another school in our district. He loves middle school -- he's having fun and learning a lot. And I too have learned so much in these first few weeks as a middle school parent, already transforming my thinking as an educator. So in no particular order, here are just a few of the lessons I've learned so far.
BubbleUp Take5: Problem Solving, Morale, Writing Feedback, Math + Google, and yes, a Personality Quiz
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