Video Clips from Mid-Year New Teacher Orientation Speech – Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Here are some clips of my keynote speech for the mid-year new teacher orientation at Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Opening Poem: All of the Above

Information Overload for New Teachers: Click here for some tips on dealing with information overload.

Teacher Observations are Awkward: You know this. Your principal knows this. Even the teacher next door who claims that she *always* teaches like she’s being observed knows this. Click here to see some tips on doing your best possible teaching while someone stands at the back of your classroom with a clipboard like, “Don’t mind me. I’m not even here.”

Tips on managing bathroom passes for high school students: Before you started teaching you never imagined this subject would consume so much of your energy, but here we are. Click here to see some tips on handling bathroom passes. Come on! It’s an EMERGENCY!

Why other teachers’ supposedly foolproof tricks don’t always work in your classroom: Click here to see the video on YouTube.

Closing Poem: Make Me Or Break Me. This poem is from the end of the book See Me After Class, and it’s written especially for new teachers. Click here to watch Make Me or Break Me on YouTube. You can also view and print the poem here.