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Category Archives: Reflective Teaching

5 Things You Can Do To Avoid Teacher Stress And Burnout

5 Things You Can Do To Avoid Teacher Stress And Burnout

Do you aim for the ‘perfect classroom’ and the perfect ‘learning experience’? Do you think you have to be perfect—always ready with the perfect lesson and a backup, always in solid control of the class, never making a mistake? Aiming for perfection is a surefire route to teacher burnout. I found the desire to be… Continue Reading

Why We Need Boundaries To Be Better Teachers

Why We Need Boundaries To Be Better Teachers

Personal boundaries are important to everyone’s well-being, but they are especially important for people in caring professions, like teachers. Without good boundaries, we may find ourselves used or manipulated by others, and even if we think we are here to help and do so much, poor boundaries can lead to stress, resentment, and burnout. Better… Continue Reading

How Great Teachers Make More Time

How Great Teachers Make More Time

You work hard to be a great teacher. But how do you find time to do all you need to do to be an exceptional teacher without burning out? Great teachers know the secret to making more time is not doing everything from scratch. For experienced teachers that may be easy. You pull out a lesson… Continue Reading

Teacher Self Care: What Will You Do For You Today?

Teacher Self Care: What Will You Do For You Today?

If you hear self-care and your first thought is, “I don’t have time,” you definitely need some. Sure there are days that go off the rails when you just want a reset, but that shouldn’t be most days. Practicing regular teacher self care keeps us from burning out – and it doesn’t have to take a… Continue Reading

What To Do When You Have A Teacher Bad Day

What To Do When You Have A Teacher Bad Day

We all have been there: a teacher bad day. The lesson flopped. You couldn’t  get your unruly class in control. You yelled more than you wanted to. It felt like students were tuned out. You couldn’t seem to get through to them. You go home and wonder why you teach. Hang on—don’t let a bad day get… Continue Reading

Hard Day? 11 Reminders Why You Love To Teach

Hard Day? 11 Reminders Why You Love To Teach

We’re talking about teacher well-being this month and a big part of that is feeling good about what you are doing. You may teach because it is your calling. You may have gone into it with bright ideas and an open heart. And then you have one of those days (or weeks). Your lesson flopped. You… Continue Reading

How To Take Care Of Yourself: Teacher Well Being Roundup

How To Take Care Of Yourself: Teacher Well Being Roundup

Are you too busy finding ways to make math fun or looking for lesson ideas to engage your students to take care of yourself? Too many teachers are. But you are more important than the best lesson in the world, and the first step to being a top notch teacher is to take care of yourself. 1.… Continue Reading

What Does It Mean To Be An Outstanding Teacher?

What Does It Mean To Be An Outstanding Teacher?

When you think back to your first year of teaching, what is the one word you would use to describe that first year? Some of the words that teachers have shared with me include: confusing, overwhelming, and intense. It’s not nice having that overwhelmed feeling and it can not only be stressful, but it can… Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview With John Walker – Teaching Reading and Spelling

Exclusive Interview With John Walker – Teaching Reading and Spelling

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming John Walker to the Top Notch Teaching Community. John is one of the creators and trainers of the Sounds-Write program. Sounds-Write is a linguistic phonics program that teaches reading, spelling and writing. You can find out more about Sounds-Write by visiting their website: http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/. I also wrote… Continue Reading