How to Slow Down Your “Teaching Treadmill”

New teachers often hit the ground running at the beginning of the year. Their response to each challenge is to push harder, aim higher, run faster. What they can’t do today they over-promise for tomorrow, committing to pizza parties, nightly parent phone calls, and behavior management plans that require hours of after-school paperwork. Each of these notches the treadmill a bit higher. But it’s for the kids, right? So it’s worth it, right? Until you’re out of breath. When good intentions aren’t enough to keep up, how do you slow down so you don’t fall off? (more…)

Table of Contents for SEE ME AFTER CLASS

This is the table of contents for See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers. I do workshops on all of these topics – and combinations of these topics. To inquire about speaking availability and fees, please email (more…)

Six Common Reasons Lessons Don’t Go As Planned

BookCoverPictureWe all know it’s important to come to school with our lesson plans prepared—especially for a beginning teacher. But lessons that look great on paper can still play out horribly in the classroom. Here are some of the more common reasons good lessons go bad: (more…)

How to Plan for a Substitute Teacher

how-to-make-a-sub-planIf no one has told you how to plan for a substitute, the day after your first absence can be an unpleasant wake-up call. Here are four things to keep in mind, plus a short list of the paperwork that goes into a basic sub plan. (more…)

Five Unexpected Places You Can Learn To Be a Better Teacher

pdProfessional development isn’t the only place where you can develop professionally. If you’re paying attention, the elements of good instruction can be found in many contexts, including experiences that are already a part of your life. The real-life situations below don’t involve a single PowerPoint slide, and they might improve your teaching more than an hour in your school’s auditorium. (more…)