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4 Things Teachers Can Do to Improve Their School’s Culture

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Schools are most successful when everyone is on the same page, moving toward a common goal and motivated by a compelling vision, but sometimes goals get fractured and the vision gets blurry. It’s in those moments when you, as an individual, have the opportunity to make the greatest impact. Here are four ways to make it a positive one.

#1: Make room for social and emotional learning. 

In a positive school culture there is an expectation of social and emotional safety, which is something that you, as a teacher, can create from the ground up, starting with your classroom, your colleagues, and yourself.

Here are a few suggestions to promote the kind of positivity that keeps people not just comfortable in their school environment, but also enthusiastic and engaged:

How to Make Data the Star of Your Resume

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Recently, we heard from a second-year teacher who admitted that while his resume was otherwise quite impressive, it had one significant weakness: a lack of objective data.

At the year’s start, he’d fully intended to track his students’ academic progress in a measurable way, but as the year got underway in which he was teaching an all-new curriculum at a school that placed little emphasis on data-driven teaching, something had to go.

For him, like for many, that was tracking and reporting achievement data. It is, after all, a serious investment of time and resources to keep records updated, and—most important—to use that data.

Your Principal vs. Your Principles: How to Speak Up When You Really Need To

Your administration is like a bra: if it offers the support you need, you both look and feel better. If it fits poorly, it can get in your way and even become painful. This makes it understandably scary when you have to approach your principal directly, but a tough conversation doesn’t have to mean making enemies in the main office. Walk in with the following tips in mind, and you are more likely to walk out happy.

Pick the right moment. Certain times of day or year are tense for administrators. If your boss is handling an emergency, district supervisors are in the building, or a high-stakes test is next week, it’s a bad time to knock on the door to follow up on a discipline referral.

Pick one issue at a time. Your principal is more likely to listen to your request to replace broken desks if it’s not combined with an unrelated complaint about the lunch schedule. Focus on your highest priority and leave other topics for another day.

How to Bring the Passion Back to Your Teaching

rtaImageWhen professor Stephen Ceci handed out student evaluations for the same class he’d taught for 20 years, with the same content — including books, lectures, and exams — and the same student demographics, he had no reason to expect different results.

Except, that is, for one thing.

While nothing had changed about his course, something had changed in him, he’d been more enthusiastic this semester. More Steve Jobs. Less Ben Stein.

But could that little change have made much of a difference?

Spring Break Job Search Tips for Educators Who Just Want a Break

rtaImageIf you’re an active job seeker, Spring Break isn’t so much a break as an opportunity to polish your resume, research job openings, and write cover letters. But, at times it also feels like a sacrifice.

You trade the beach for the library and sleeping in for submitting applications. And most of the time it seems worth it—except for one thing: you need the break. Spring Break may have started for other reasons, but it’s become a much-needed chance for teachers to relax and refuel.

So, if you spend your whole break laser-focused on the job search, what happens when you return to school as depleted as when you left? (Hint: You’ll probably spend most of the first day back glaring at your tanned colleagues and their fun-filled stories.)

The good news is you actually don’t have to choose between Spring Break and the job search; with a little planning, discipline, and these six tips, you can make progress on both your job search and your tan.

The Best Advice We Got from Educators in 2013

In 2013, there was no shortage of education-related advice from policy wonks, philanthropists, and politicians. But unsurprisingly, the most inspiring of all advice came directly from educators themselves, and included gems like this:

Vicki Davis: If you don’t innovate, you depreciate.

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In a post on the difference between a modern school and…well…a school, the Cool Cat Teacher pointed out that it’s not the tech tools that matter, but rather what we, as educators, do with them.

What we are missing in education is not the resources, but the creativity to make the most of the resources we have.

Her ideas? Turn basic computer labs into STEM (or STEAM) labs that build kids’ higher-order thinking skills alongside their tech skills, develop attitude-based habits—curiosity, imagination, courage—instead of action-based habits, and one plucked straight from the playbook of some of the most innovative organizations in the world: give every kid a genius hour.

5 Rules for Using Twitter Now That You’re a Teacher

As the owner of a talent development agency that serves individuals and organizations globally, I could not do my job without the power of social media, and I often coach people on how they can use it to feel empowered and advance their careers. I’ve worked with hundreds of people from marketing, fashion, tech, and other industries to embrace social networking tools and bring more success to their lives.

Recently, I’ve spent the last 30 days on Twitter engaging with teachers and future teachers as part of the work associated with my book Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream. I’ve also been starting to look for prospective leads for recruiting clients who are beginning to plan recruitment for the 2014-15 school year. And at the end of the 30 days, my conclusion is… really?!?

While I found new teachers doing great things on Twitter, there was a large group whose tweets left me expressing shock through a series of facial expressions I didn’t even know I could make!

So at the risk of sounding like an old lady yelling at all of you to “get off my lawn,” I’m going to give you my tough love and honest feedback on what you should consider before posting something on social media now that you’re a teacher:

21 Tips for the Education Conference Goer

For some language artssocial studies, and science teachers, it’s conference season—which means, in the next month or so, they’ll be taking one of those rare breaks from the classroom to focus on their own learning.

If you’re one of these teachers, we’ve compiled tips to help you make the most of your time away, so you can return with new and improved ideas and tools to share with your students and colleagues.

(If you have your own tips, let us hear ‘em. We’ll add them to the list!)

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#1: Business cards are for educators, too. While not as commonplace among educators as in other professions, having business cards on hand at a conference will allow those brief but meaningful connections you make over coffee or in the hallway between sessions to live on. In addition to your name, position, location, and email, include your social media handles. You can even personalize them with a quote or motto that expresses your teaching philosophy—or, keep it electronic with this app.

#2: Alert your network. Conferences are a great place to grow your network, but it starts with reaching out to your existing network. If you let your current and former colleagues know what you’re doing, they can schedule time for in-person jam sessions and/or arrange for you to meet their connections who’ll also be attending.

#3: Talk to your mentor, coach, or administrator about areas of focus. You’ll probably want (or need) to balance out all that networking with some targeted professional development. You’re likely already aware of where you should invest time, but go ahead and invite those who know you best for their input as well.