Why My Morning Check-Ins Matter So Much to My Students

by | 9.15.22

As a longtime middle school teacher, I’m a big fan of daily check-in activities. My students have shown me that when they walk through my door, the most powerful thing I can do to promote a day of growth is create opportunities for them to reconnect with me, their peers and our community.

My Mini-Lesson to Inspire Positive Math Identities

by | 7.22.22

One day, a teacher I was working closely with commented on students’ lack of willingness to engage: “How do you get kids to engage? It’s not realistic to constantly prompt them. How do I help my students feel like they’re capable of learning math? Some don’t engage and some get discouraged easily. How do I empower them to keep trying?”

Being My Authentic Self as a First-Year Teacher

by | 6.16.22

Remember: Just your presence in students’ lives is powerful. Having the confidence to be authentically yourself – and letting those kids see that you can be successful and confident as an outlier – speaks volumes to them. It sends the message that students can be themselves, no matter who they are. 

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