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No matter their attitude for the rest of the year, every student comes to school on the first day ready to make a good impression on their teacher.

It’s the teacher’s job to make them want to feel like that effort is not only not wasted, but that what they’ll be doing together is worthwhile of everyone’s time and energy.

- My mom (badly paraphrased by me), a 40 year veteran teacher (via unabridged-tomes)

Good advice

(via wincherella)

Aug 7

10 Things Teachers Should Never Do When Teaching Native Kids

(Source: from-student-to-teacher)

Aug 5

I assume you avoid teachers' lounge gossip.







Also the teachers’ lounge. 

I was warned by several of my teacher professors of this pitfall.

Stay. Out. Of. The. Lounge.

My school doesn’t have a centralized lounge, per say.  But I have a hidey hole where I’ve eaten lunch with 3 buddies, and I love it.

I think the decision of lounge vs. no lounge depends heavily on the individual school and the teachers within it.  There is no better way to get a feel for the overall personality of a school than to go to the teacher’s lounge.

Of course if the majority of teachers in your school or in the lounge are toxic, negative presences, you’ll want to avoid it, but laying that out as a flat general rule makes me sad.  I always tell incoming teachers to at least give it a try; it’s more or less the only time in your day you are surrounded by adults and no students, and it can be a place to vent and collaborate with teachers about certain students and how they handle them.  As a teacher new to the school, you meet colleagues you wouldn’t really have the chance to otherwise, and getting to know them makes your overall school environment more positive.

Fair enough. 

I eat in my room 97.5% of the time for all kinds of reasons: 

  • I probably have something to prep, copy, pull out of my hat
  • Some kid on a different schedule shows up with a test or to get help
  • I need 25 minutes  to not talk to people, or to talk to people who do not call me Ms. P
  • 25 minutes to rush down the hall, eat, and rush back in the middle of a class is not relaxing
  • Mostly, though, I’ve probably got something to do or think through
  • But also: teachers are cliquey as hell

That last one was one of the reasons I *hated* the lounge. (And one of the things that made me want to leave that school.)

I avoid our lounge because there are only ever three conversations going: “negativity gossip”, “saving money on things I don’t buy nor want”, and “why you should convert to Christianity you heathen.” NOPE

Aug 1

Back to School #Education Exchange!


Many of you showed interested in my back to school exchange idea, so here’s the official post!

You will send a one time back to school gift to an assigned person by September 15th. You should also receive a one time back to school gift from an assigned person by that time, but…

Aliens for the display case

Classroom Supplies GET!

I unexpectedly got to go shopping for classroom supplies today! Everything was on sale too. YAY! Got some super cute Dr. Seuss vocabulary posters, a new calendar,  welcome week craft project, and supplies to finish the main hall display case! Turned out to be more productive a trip than I had imagined. :)

Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers’ Classrooms!


Dear Tumblrverse,

Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

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Trying to not buy stuff for my classroom before my move in August. I need to not add to the number of boxes I have! (But I saw some really cute stuff today so mental note which stores to go back to.)

I never realised before entering the teaching profession that it is a full-time – and by full time, I mean an every-waking-hour – job. Even during sleep, I dream about school and staff and pupils. There is simply no escape.


Secret Teacher: I can’t take the stress, but I don’t want to be a dropout statistic

(via weareteachers)


Summer vacation!
At laaaaasssssssttt
I am frrrreeeeeeeeeeweeeeeee