A Thank You Message to Teachers

Thank you message for teachers

Teachers, this Thanksgiving, we’re reflecting on how thankful the world is to have people like you in it.

For all of the mornings you wake up early, and the nights you stay up late.

For the lessons you plan long after the school day has ended, the materials you carefully get together on your weekends, and pay for with your own money, without giving it a second thought.

For the smiles you share and hands you hold, the dreams you help unfold.

DonorsChoose.org Pick: Specific Assistive Tech for Special Needs

DonorsChoose.org Pick of the Week

“Each morning I am greeted by 64 amazing faces who attend school despite the daily challenges they face,” says Danielle Jupiter, Wai’anae Intermediate School teacher and Teach For America corps member.

Mrs. Jupiter’s students all have special needs, and thus she tailors each lesson to her students and their specific abilities.

“As a rotating, fully self-contained instructor who works with 64 students, it is often difficult to accommodate and modify my lessons for those students who are tactile learners,” Mrs. Jupiter says.

By |November 24th, 2015|General Pop|0 Comments|

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Recipe: Cooked Sweet Potatoes

We’re counting down the hours at this point until we can toss aside our cares and embrace delicious holiday foods. This recipe for maple roasted sweet potatoes is a hit any time of the year, but it’s an especially pleasing side for your Thanksgiving feast.

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 large sweet potatoes (we use 2 white and 2 regular to mix up the color)
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

Why Gratitude Is Essential to Your Health

Why Gratitude Is Essential to Your Health

As I mentioned in a previous post, my geriatric car recently broke down. Like most of you, I am chronically strapped for time (not to mention cash), so this event was unwelcome to say the least. What’s more, I’d had this car for over 15 years, and the thought of parting with it, embarrassingly enough, actually had me in tears. About an hour after I hung up with the mechanic, I was walking out to the parking lot when a thought hit me like a ton of bricks: Whoa. I am so glad Clementine hasn’t been hit by a car.

Weekend Sales: 10 Countdown to Black Friday Deals

10 Early Deals for the Week Before Black Friday

Sure, it’s merely the Friday before Black Friday, but retailers are already getting in full sale mode with steep discounts and deals leading up to the biggest shopping day of the year. Ease into the shopping madness—and cross some much-needed items off your list early—with these deals below.

H&M: Save up to 60% on select styles with Black Friday Deal Days through November 26.

Amazon: Up to 70% with Countdown to Black Friday deals through November 27.

Wine Library: Up to 20% and free shipping with coupon code RMN50WINES through Monday.

By |November 20th, 2015|General Pop, Take a Break|0 Comments|

8 Tips to Overcome Student Apathy

8 Tips to Overcome Student Apathy

No matter how hard you try, some days, your students aren’t engaged. There’s no way around it. If there’s a day here and there when a student—or the whole class for that matter—seems out of sorts, don’t be alarmed. They’re kids! However, there could be cause for concern when student apathy becomes the norm—and you are unable to accomplish your collective, class goals.

While there may be deep-rooted and serious reasons behind your students’ disinterest, and getting your students back on track may not be easy, it’s important to employ different strategies based on your class dynamic. Here are eight tips to combat student apathy and regain the interest of your class.

By |November 19th, 2015|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

How Coaching Influenced My Teaching Career

How Coaching Influenced My Teaching Career

Atul Gawande and I have something important in common. It’s not that we’re both respected surgeons-that’s him, not me. And it’s not that we’ve both published widely-read books-again, just him. What we have in common is this: We believe just about everybody, no matter their profession, would benefit from having a coach.

Four years ago, Gawande wrote a widely-circulated New Yorker article about this idea, including an extended anecdote about the importance of coaching for K-12 teachers. Although I read and appreciated the article back in 2011, I only recently connected Gawande’s reflections to my own career patterns.

If A Teacher Wrote Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”

If a Teacher Wrote Alanis Morissette's "Ironic"

Last week singer Alanis Morissette performed a revamped version of her 90’s hit “Ironic” with James Corden on the Late Late Show, which includes modern references to Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, and Tinder.

Inspired by Morissette, we thought we would share our own rendition of “Ironic”–including the aspects of teaching that simultaneously drive us crazy and make us smile. Enjoy!

A student sends you a Facebook request

That you have to explain why you cannot accept

You remembered your lunch on that one single day

By |November 18th, 2015|General Pop|0 Comments|