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…)