.This week we are focusing on party planning, especially for elementary classrooms. Maybe that's because both of us are in the midst of planning/helping with our own children's winter parties. We know that sometimes teachers are the planners and sometimes parents are the planners; sometimes it's very much a joint effort. We wanted to give everyone a list of party ideas for different seasons in the hopes that it can be a resource for future planning or spark ideas. We have collected these ideas from years of attending and helping with kid parties, and in conversation with other educators. We'd love to grow this list, so if you have an idea to share please post it in the comments.
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!
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