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Ten Strategies to Avoid Teacher Burnout

Teen students listening to a male teacher in front of the class

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers, but it is also one of the most demanding. Teachers must fill multiple roles, such as record keeping, serving on school committees and, of course, teaching. Burnout is a state of chronic stress. If you are feeling exhausted and distressed, you are not alone. According to the  Learning Policy […]

Why It’s Ok to Say “No”

A female teacher is sitting in front of an office table while three adult students is showing her their project.

Every good teacher knows this story, you’ve been working at your school for the past couple of years and last year was your first year to get involved in an “extra-curricular” activity.  It might have been a club, sport, or even a committee within your school. You had a great time and are planning to […]

Why Multi-Tasking is Your Worst Enemy

Woman juggling different objects like laptop, cell phone, and barbell

For years it was common to hear teachers say “I’m a great multi-tasker” or “multi-tasking is one of my gifts”.  From a professional development standpoint,  current research suggests that being a multi-tasker isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. In fact, multi-tasking has been proven to lead to lower levels of creativity, higher levels of stress, […]

How Batching Can Increase Your Productivity 10x

Batching pencil in hand

A typical day… The last student files out of your classroom and you start to get excited thinking about all of the work you are going to get done during your plan period. As you sit down at your desk, here is just a short list of events that derail your productivity on an average […]

Standards-Based or Traditional Grading – Why not Both?

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There are many reasons to support both Standards-Based & Traditional grading. For teachers trying to jump into Standards-Based Grading (SBG) and don’t know how, a hybrid option might seem like an easier transition from a traditional grading system.  Other teachers may want to fully switch to SBG but because of their school’s requirements or even […]