If you've been around my blog very much, you know that I stress the importance of emergency sub plans! Emergency sub plans can help alleviate that stress when you or your child wakes up sick in the middle of the night. If a family emergency comes up, you know that you’re taken care of! When you have plans already ready, that’s one less thing to worry about and you can just deal with whatever else it is that you need to deal with, and temporarily forget about school.
So, you want to get your students reading more, right? This is the goal of any educator- to each our students to LOVE reading. While some students naturally have a love for reading, others drag their feet at the thought of picking up a book. As teachers, we'd like to change that and make EVERY student excited about reading!
Are you ready to go back to school yet? There is always so much to prepare! Getting the classroom ready, mapping out your plan for the year, collaborating with your team, and getting everything ready for the students to arrive are just some of the many things on your to do list. How is a teacher supposed to keep track of it all!? A teacher planner is essential for getting organized!
There is this horrible misconception that teachers and mothers always need to put other people's needs before themselves. However, this dangerous misconception can lead to teacher burnout. We care about our students and our children so much, so of course we want to do everything we can for them. However, while there is a time and a place for putting other's needs first, we also need to be sure that we are taking time for ourselves. When we don't take care of ourselves, this is when burnout happens.
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Teaching is a challenging job as it is, but add pregnancy on top of it and you've got a perfect storm! It can be hard to teach and take care of 25+ kids needs when you aren't feeling well nearly every day. I'm currently pregnant with my second child (I'll be in the third trimester next week!) and while I am not currently in the classroom, it has brought back many memories of teaching while I was pregnant with my son during the 2013-2014 school year. I found out I was pregnant with him on the second day of school, so I was pregnant for basically the entire school year!
Summer is almost here! There are so many fun things for your students and/or your own children to do over the summer. They will be swimming, playing outside and more. While it is great to soak up the sun during the warm weather, it is also important to keep students reading to avoid the "Summer Slide", which is learning loss that can happen if students are not engaging their minds for 3 months. According to the National Summer Learning Association, an average student loses about 2 months of grade level equivalency over the summer. However, you can combat the Summer Slide by encouraging your children to read over the summer. Here are 3 engagement strategies to get your children excited about summer reading! If you are a school teacher, you can send these tips home in your final newsletter to your student's parents as you send them off for the summer. If you are a parent, be sure to start putting these engagement strategies into action NOW!