The Trademark of a Teacher

By Theresa Staley Picture yourself as a teacher. With your superpowers, you inspire your students to recognize their impact in this world.  Through your dedication and unyielding efforts to guide, support, and unconditionally care for them, they unveil the confidence to overcome adversities and knowledge to strive to reach their

Mattie Whyte Woodridge: The Inspiring History of Teacher Appreciation Week

Mattie Whyte Woodridge and the History of Teacher Appreciation Week

Students, parents, and the community at large should recognize the important work of teachers throughout the year, but it’s nice to set aside a special week just for that purpose! Teacher Appreciation Week has become an established tradition in school districts throughout the United States, but few seem to know

What To Do When I Don’t Know What To Do: New Arrivals

Originally posted on ellstudents.com by Kerry Shelke, experienced ESL/Bilingual educator in the US and internationally, is passionate about working with new arrivals.  In this blog, she shares her tips for ensuring these Newcomer ELLs have access to quality education and equity in the classroom.   As an educator, I have spent

Planning Professional Learning for Disciplinary Literacy

Originally posted on the MRA’s Literacy Coaching blog We’ll continue the disciplinary literacy theme of recent blog posts by talking a bit about our own work designing professional learning experiences for teachers related to disciplinary literacy. Since literacy coaches are often called upon to plan and/or lead this type of work—a

10 Teaching Essentials

Originally posted on teacherhead.com This post is a companion to 10 Teaching Pitfalls. In writing this, I’ve been thinking about two sets of teachers. Firstly, I’ve been thinking about various very strong teachers I’ve known, including those who taught me, to consider what ‘essentials’ they might have in common.  (Something I’ve