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Teacher Voices From the First Day of School

We hope you’re looking forward to–or have already launched–a successful start of school.

Whether this is your first day in the classroom or you’ve experienced decades of “first days,” one thing is certain–you’re feeling a flood of thoughts and emotions. In the moments before the crowd of fresh faces clammers into your classroom for the first time, we want to know what’s top of mind.

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Stop Reinventing the Wheel

How Do You Find the Resources You Need? Teachers have a constant and ever-changing thirst for classroom resources. From full lesson plans, to worksheets, to test questions, to engaging projects and videos, teachers can never have too many great resources. However, as each teacher starts building a personal collection, he or she faces a number of challenges:

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Finding New Pathways to Grow as a Teacher

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.

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How Meaningful are the Connections in Your Online Community?

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.

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The Power of Significance

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.

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Another Day in the Life of a Teacher

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.

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One is the Loneliest Number

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.

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Teaching vs. Other Entry Level jobs

Understanding the Job Responsibilities of Teachers by Eliza Kano-Bower

The first job young college graduates accept after college is a big deal. It’s an accomplishment and a first step along a prospective career path. Every year, over 300,000 graduates choose to become teachers and enter their classroom for the first time. Many of them may not yet know it, but those teachers have chosen one of the hardest jobs any twenty-something can get.

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Are you Sinking, Swimming, or Surfing?

Learning to surf on the rough waves of education by Flo Berry

When completing my National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) year I had to really reflect on what it was like to be a senior leader, including how effective I was in managing my own time, stress and sanity! I learnt very quickly that it is rare to have clear sailing, but by sitting back and reflecting on the times that were more challenging, I was able to analyze myself and learn to take action before things got out of hand.

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If it Feels Wrong, it’s Probably Not Right

Strategies for talking through gut reactions and creating change from a 22 year veteran teacher by Joy Kirr

Stepping into your classroom, possibilities for learning abound. How many bodies will you have looking at you? How can you lead them as best you can? It’s a lot of pressure. Although the students are your first concern, pressures from outside those four walls are on your mind, as well – paperwork, emails, parents, administration, coworkers… Everyone around us has ideas for how your classroom should be run. How can you insure your ideas don’t get lost in the mix?

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