How can every teacher become an amazing teacher?
When you were growing up did you ever have a really great teacher? A teacher who explained confusing problems in ways that clarified everything? Or one with so much energy and enthusiasm that they inspired interest from every student? Or how about a teacher that you knew really cared about you and your future?
Continue reading Imagine A World Where Teachers Have Access To Each Other
How others have used TeachersConnect to grow professionally.
The other night, I sat listening to a couple friends chat about dating apps and websites. They were talking about dates they’ve gone on, whom they’ve met, and honestly, a lot about how it didn’t often work out. But it made me realize just how much technology has changed the way we meet and interact with people, both dating and in a larger sense. You’re probably thinking right now, “Hello, Kristen… let me welcome you to 2017,” and if you were thinking just that, hear me out.
Continue reading Finding New Pathways to Grow as a Teacher
Stop by SXSW Launch competition and give a holler for TeachersConnect!
TeachersConnect is honored to be selected to complete in the SXSW live startup competition at the SXSWedu annual conference! As one of ten national finalists chosen from a deeply competitive pool, TeachersConnect will have the opportunity to present to a panel of esteemed judges and a live audience. Continue reading Are You Attending SXSWedu?
Who better to design products for teachers than a teacher?
We are excited to announce that Dan Staton has filled the long-awaited role of User Experience designer at TeachersConnect. It has long been our philosophy that we build every piece of our products with the needs, desires, and lives of teachers in mind. Dan has joined us to help us take that philosophy to the next level. He believes that carefully listening to teachers and really understanding where they are coming from is critical to successful design. Continue reading TeachersConnect Welcomes A New Teacher to the Team!
Engaging through sharing
By Kristen Fleury
It was in the living room on Christmas Eve, surrounded by family, that I noticed both myself and fiance’s grandmother were the only ones not engaging. I sensed a loneliness that we both shared in that moment. We were both absolutely a part of it, yet for different reasons we were both not truly engaged in it. In her lap sat a present she had received earlier that day from her son. It was a photobook of old images of her hometown and family. I sidled up next to her and asked her to show me her new book and tell me about some of the images. I’m not sure how long we sat there lost in looking at the images and chatting, but I know we made a memorable connection then. Continue reading How Meaningful are the Connections in Your Online Community?
What happens when you truly matter and the secret to a longer life
By Marcel Ollmann
TeachersConnect is working with teachers on a user research project focusing on discovering what drives teachers in their daily lives and what challenges they experience in their professional careers. We have been performing this research primarily to inform our product development process—to ensure that we provide value and utility to teachers on a consistent basis. Continue reading The Power of Significance
Why TeachersConnect constantly talks to teachers
By Eliza Kano-Bower
Yesterday, I tried to vacuum the floors of my apartment. I say tried because my vacuum was not a helpful tool for cleaning my floors. The pathetic suction levels failed to collect dirt from my rugs, the attachment that should have allowed me to clean corners was not easy to find, and I could not figure out how to empty the dirt compartment. I found myself thinking: Did anybody ever test this thing?
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At home with LearnLaunch
When the TeachersConnect team arrives at work every morning we arrive at LearnLaunch, an ed-tech co-working space and accelerator which is home to over a dozen ed-tech startups.
Continue reading Where Do Edtech Startups Grow Up?
You can’t prepare for everything
By Dave Meyers
I’m in the second or third year of my career (teaching grade 5 at this point) and we’re just kicking off a unit the teachers call “Puberty and Reproduction” and the kids call “Sex”. We begin with what I think is a very healthy–and clear–talk about expectations and ground rules: We’re all here to learn, no one’s talking about others’ bodies, we’re going to respect privacy, etc. We all sign a contract saying that we’re going to help each other live by these ground rules. I nod approvingly as the students add their names to the sacred document; I’m feeling like the Kid Whisperer. Continue reading Another Day in the Life of a Teacher
What happens when you’re profoundly alone standing in a room full of people?
By Marcel Ollmann
TeachersConnect is working with teachers on a user research project focusing on discovering what drives teachers in their daily lives and what challenges they experience in their professional careers. We have been performing this research primarily to inform our product development process—to ensure that we provide value and utility to teachers on a consistent basis. Continue reading One is the Loneliest Number