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Seating Charts?

Do you use seating charts in your classroom? Thinking about trying something new…

Anonymous said: Hi! I am starting my first year as a 6th grade teacher on Wednesday! Do you have any advice? :)

A few thoughts…

  • Spend some time building a classroom community (i.e. don’t just jump into curriculum)
  • Create classroom expectations together
  • The transition from elementary to middle school is huge so help your kiddos out whenever possible
  • Establish routines and stick to them, kids do better when they know what to expect
  • Don’t say something you can’t follow through on
  • Read “Teaching with Love and Logic”
  • Find a teacher buddy in the building
  • Beg, borrow, and steal curriculum
  • Contact parents with good news about their kiddo early. I try and contact at least one parent every day.
  • Ask for help!
  • Make friends with the secretaries, lunch ladies, and custodians
  • Don’t gossip. Seriously, teachers are the worst!
  • Have a sense of humor, kids are funny and weird
  • Leave work at a reasonable hour. There is always more to do but your well being is so so important
  • When a kid lashes out at you don’t take it personally, even if they make it personal
  • Have fun!

Best of luck this year!

A Few Reflections on the First Week of School

Forgive me for the bullited list, it’s the only way I’m going to get something down!

  • I don’t think I can commit to coaching the volleyball team this year with Babyjib at home. It’s just too much time away from my family.
  • The new batch of 6th graders seem so so quiet still, most anyway.
  • Am still hopeful this year will be better than the last (new admin).
  • Feeling much more confident about my APUSH class this year.
  • While I’m still lesson pl*nning, revising, rethinking, etc. most nights it doesn’t feel like I’m treading water anymore. I feel like I have more room to breathe. Though, perhaps Babyjib helped me get my priorities straight!
  • I find myself waking up earlier and earlier so I can leave work at a reasonable time.

Goodnight all! Hope your first week or weeks have treated you kindly.



Most people give the homeless change or leftovers, Mark Bustos is cutting their hair

For the past few months, New York City hairstylist Mark Bustos — who normally spends his days working at an upscale salon — has been volunteering on his days off to offer haircuts to homeless people he sees on the street. With a simple phrase, “I want to do something nice for you today,” he has been helping people get a fresh, uplifting makeover.

For people who have been trapped in a cycle of poverty, unemployment and homelessness, the makeover can also serve a useful function: looking presentable for a job.

Inspiring thanks he received from one man | Follow micdotcom

I just began crying. This is beautiful.

(via positivelypersistentteach)

An anonymous 6th grader tooted through 90 minutes of class today. Needless to say, it was a little difficult to keep the remaining 30 students poised.

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What’s your favorite icebreaker game to do with students?

Tomorrow = First Day of School AND My 30th Birthday

Tomorrow is the first day of school for students AND my 30th birthday. 

I’ll just leave this here…


Babyjib is 6 months old… how’d that happen!?

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EDD: What are you wearing to school this week?

First day is tomorrow & my 30th birthday!

Blue dress from Madewell (below) & brown sandals. Might style my hair in loose curls.

(Source: allisonunsupervised, via edukaition)

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SLEEP! There will always be more to do but if you’re not rested and ready to work with students all the planning in the world won’t help. Think of it this way… planning is necessary and important but the execution is when your lesson sinks or swims. 

(Source: lolobee8288)

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EDD: What is the first activity you do with your students on day one of school?

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EDD 2.0?

What are you most looking forward to this year? A lesson/unit/kids/colleagues/etc.?

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When an Education Dare Day is announced from this blog:

  1. Reblog the announcement!
  2. Ask one question related to education on your tumblr for your followers to answer. Post the responses in one single post later.
  3. Ask at LEAST 2 of the tumblrs in the #education community a question in their ask…

(via christinamused)

Ghandi vs. Gandhi

So… I went to a district run pd for all secondary social studies teachers on Tuesday. I saw several teachers from another school proudly wearing shirts that bore their logo and a quote from “Ghandi” on the back.

Guys… it’s Gandhi, not Ghandi!

Gah, so embarrassing. Didn’t want to say something for fear of seeming like an ass. But really…

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