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Being MORE Culturally Responsive In The Classroom

 

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand video library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.


Race and culture can play a powerful role in the classroom.

In this session, Gary talks about the idea of being culturally responsive and how social justice education can be shared in the classroom. He breaks down teachingtolerance.org anchor standards, to help you understand their anti-bias framework. 

Bio:

Gary R. Gray Jr likes to talk about race in the classroom. He is a black international Canadian teacher. Yup! Thanks a thing. He recently taught at Singapore American School. And has 7 years of teaching experience. This year he will be teaching at International School Manila. He is passionate about culturally responsive pedagogy and social justice education.

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How to Know What to Grade and Assess as a New Teacher

 
educators 2 educators is hosting a FREE 6 part series for new teachers titled New Teacher Jumpstart. The audio series will launch on Monday, July 20, 2020. Sign up here. 

 

As a new teacher, grading and assessment can be one of the most intimidating and overwhelming topics. Every school and school district has a different policy on grading and assessment, so it is important that you study your district's policies carefully. After you have guidance from your school leadership, take the following tips into consideration before the start of the school year.

Figure out What is Important

Your state or district's learning standards should be at the center of your decision-making when you are deciding what to grade and assess. Take a step back and think "What do my students need to know before they leave this grade level or course?". These overarching learning objectives should be reflected in your grade book.

New Teacher Tip: Ask to see...

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Covid-19 Teaching Lessons from a Veteran Teacher

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand video library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.


Let me begin by saying that I’ve seen a lot over my 14 years of teaching. I’ve worked with hundreds of children, problem-solved countless situations, and been through so many initiatives that I’ve lost count. I was almost to the point of being able to say “I’ve seen it all!” 

Then, COVID-19 came along and turned schools (and the whole country) upside down. Myself, along with all the teachers of the nation, entered a season that none of us could have ever imagined, nor ever seen before.

Now that the last day of school is approaching, I often do my annual reflecting on the school year. This reflection is like no other before it, obviously.  I taught...

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Create a Teacher Resume that Stands Out

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.


 

Creating a teacher resume can feel like an overwhelming task for many. We recently sat down with Marie Morris on the e2e Podcast to discuss resume writing with the goal to debunk some of the scary parts of the process. You can read the highlights of the interview here or listen to the interview on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or Podbean.

Keep Your Resume Clean

Your resume is not the time to show off your flair for color, clipart, and decor. You want your resume to be professional and very easy to read. Research shows that hiring managers (aka principals) will spend 6 seconds scanning your resume to determine if they want to place you in the rejection pile. Your resume needs to be very...

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The One Thing EVERY New Teacher Must-Do to be Successful

 
educators 2 educators is hosting a FREE 6 part series for new teachers titled New Teacher Jumpstart. The audio series will launch on Monday, July 20, 2020. Sign up here. 

 

New teachers are leaving the teaching profession at an alarming rate. According to a study by the advocacy group, Alliance for Excellent Education, 40-50% of new teachers leave teaching within the first 5 years. There are many factors that contribute to high turnover. If you ask veteran teachers why new teachers leave the profession quickly, they will tell you that many young teachers can't handle the stress of the classroom.

One thing EVERY new teacher must-do for a successful school year is prioritize self-care. Healthy boundaries, real teacher self-care, the ability to say NO, and having strong teacher-mentors are essential tools in the "survive your first few years of teaching" toolbox. 

Healthy Boundaries 

People are generally not good at setting personal and...

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Self-Care Tips to Help Teachers Sleep

 

As a teacher, you make over 1,500 educational decisions every single day. By the time 9 pm rolls around, you are exhausted and ready to enjoy a restful night’s sleep. If you fall asleep immediately (hello, sleep deprivation) or you toss and turn into the wee hours of the night, you are not alone. Many teachers struggle to get the night’s rest they need and deserve. Get started down the right path by forming a bedtime self-care routine and sticking to it. Here are a few ideas to get you on your way to a great night’s sleep.

Read a book that has nothing to do with teaching. Give your brain a break from thinking about teaching and read something indulgent such as Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan or A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. Getting lost in a storyline is a great way to forget about your stress from the day and get your brain in the mood for sleep.

Along those same lines, using a sound machine app, such as the Sleep Pillow, or listening to your...

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5 Reasons Teachers are the Perfect Fit for Corporate Jobs in Education Companies

 

YOU ARE THE VISION AND THE VOICE OF CUSTOMERS

Most of you may know that the globally recognized term “EdTech” was coined as an abbreviation for “Education Technology” and at the very heart of EdTech companies is education. So, ask yourself these simple questions “Who knows education better than teachers?” Who understands the hard work it takes to authentically engage students, to successfully differentiate and to effectively personalize instruction better than a teacher? Who understands the daily challenges of being in the classroom and the resources/supports that, if offered, could save time and make life easier better than a teacher? It’s for these reasons (and many more) that the vision & voice of teachers (Just like you) are critical to the success of all EdTech companies. Don’t underestimate the power of understanding the daily work of being a teacher! During my 18 years in education and EdTech, my voice has been valued...

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3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Your Morning Routine

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The time between your alarm going off in the morning and the first class bell can set the tone for the rest of your day. Being a teacher means you rise early and have less time to fit in a productive and healthy morning routine. Routine is KEY to keeping ourselves and our family sane during the hectic morning hours. Ask yourself these three questions to see how you can make things more calm and maybe even squeeze in a little self-care before you head off to school.

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What is working? We often forget to think about the things that are going well in our routines and instead focus on the stress of the things that aren’t going well. Make a list of what is going well...

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How to Maintain Productivity in Your Student Through the End of the Year

By Lisa Smalls

Maintaining productivity throughout a school year can be a challenge for most students, parents, and teachers. But a child who lacks motivation halfway through the year isn’t being lazy as much as partaking in human nature. For anyone, the longer we do something, the more likely we will lack motivation. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to keep your student motivated. From breaking up the day to providing incentives and challenges, students can become re-motivated to last the entire school year.

 Here are five ways to help keep your student productive through the entire school year.

 Set achievable goals

It’s natural for people to set goals and that’s a good thing. However, especially younger people, set lofty goals and often unsustainable ones. For parents and teachers, setting goals according to your child’s strengths or needs is more sustainable than setting goals compared to other...

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Advice for the Grieving Teacher

 

 

Losing a loved one is one of the most stressful and devastating experiences of life. Grief can consume us and exhaust us for days, weeks and months. Going through loss when you are a teacher has its own set of unique challenges. Teaching is stressful by itself, so when you add the extra layer of loss, it can seem unbearable for a teacher to want to return to the classroom and face 25+ children every day.

I understand this feeling all too well. I lost both of my brothers within five years of each other. We lost Curt, my oldest brother, in 2012 (while I was a 5th grade teacher) and my brother, Kelly in 2017 (when I was working at Discovery Education). Going through such hard loss, one right after the other has taught me so much about life and helping others through grief.

In podcast episode #29: The Grieving Teacher, I talk about how you can get through loss and grief when you are a teacher. Going back to the classroom after you experience loss can be challenging....

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