What Students Actually Need From Teachers

One of the biggest questions in education is how to do we help students succeed? We talk about increasing academic rigor, training qualified teachers and access to the latest resources. But how often do we talk about the intangible things every student needs to thrive?I dunno about you but I get so caught up in the content of my lessons and checking off my to-do list, that I often neglect the non-academic needs of my students. What Students Actually Need…

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5 Tips for Teaching Health in the Gym

    Teaching health in a gymnasium can be quite the challenge. It’s a space where learning takes place through movement and play with loud music and chatty teens. And transitioning to a more traditional classroom experience can take some work.  5 Tips for Teaching Health in the Gym!Click To TweetI’ve been super lucky to have a designated health classroom the last few years. However, this year (while I’m on maternity leave) I’ve been teaching health at my husband’s school, and…

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Anxiety: Warning Signs and Ways to Help (Insight from a School Counselor)

    Anxiety is a hot topic in schools. It feels like each year we’re encountering more and more students dealing with anxiety. Unfortunately, between my district’s lack of proper training and support and my shortcoming in trying to understand, I’ve been failing my students (read more on that here).And if you’re reading this, I’m guessing your experience hasn’t been much different. So today, I’ve asked school counselor extraordinaire (and stunning photographer), Nathalie Mazo,* to lend us her expertise and share a few warning signs…

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Turtles All the Way Down: How a YA Novel Helped Me Finally Understand Anxiety

    Anxiety. As teachers, we hear the term daily. We’re informed of students who experience it. We’re given training on how to understand it. We’re empowered and equipped to guide students through the storm.Well, at least we’re supposed to be. Five things Turtles All the Way Down taught me about anxietyClick To Tweet I failed my students I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. I’ve failed my students*. And up until a few months ago, I had no real understanding of anxiety (and…

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