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Calling Parents

As much as possible, I try only to call parents with good news. When I have a homeroom, I make sure to call parents with some good news about their child within the first couple of weeks and I make...

Alleviating September Fatigue

Why am I alway so tired in September? It's back to school, back to routines and back to dreaming about my students. I'm falling asleep before I make dinner. (Ok, so I picked up Greek food on the way...

Coming Back From a Bad Day With a Student

So, yesterday wasn't a good day. The student had a bad day, you had a bad day. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day - we've established it. You're hoping tomorrow is better. Tomorrow...

Managing Anxiety About Returning to School

There is still half of the summer left and yet some teachers will start to have anxiety about returning to school now and will miss out on some of the enjoyment of the summer. There is so much to...

Things to do Before Going to a Job Interview

It's time to start applying to teaching jobs and you wonder how many hundreds of applications you should send out? Here are some tips to help you get started (on the first few). Often principals...

Business Cards for Substitute Teachers

What information should you include on your business card as a Substitute Teacher? Of course, you will have a business card; this is not ridiculous - this is 2022! Teachers, principals and office...

Finding Your Own Classroom Management Style

They say it takes about 5 years to find your own classroom management style as a teacher. I think it took me about 8 years. I’m a bit of a slow bloomer. Even after 5 years, your classroom management...