Most course curriculums require the usage of a textbook in planning and delivering instruction. But good teachers know that if they just use the textbook, their students will check out and student engagement levels will plummet. How do we balance the use of mandated course materials with engaging, research-based best practices to ensure our students get … Continue reading #bbchat | the textbook trap
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Several years ago, I read Barbara Brown Taylor's memoir, Leaving Church. It spoke to me in profound ways that I might delve a bit into over at ellietalley.com one day, but since this is my blog about all things teaching and education, I'll spare you. 😉 One of the practical take-aways from the book was the … Continue reading Things that are saving my life right now.
When educators talk about culture in their classrooms, what exactly does that mean? How does culture impact the learning environment? Has "classroom culture" become another buzz-phrase in the teacher world, just another thing to put on a teacher's to-do list? Over the past eight years, I've taught in classrooms filled with students who had at … Continue reading Classroom Culture and Why It Matters
You're a teacher. You know the immense demands that the profession requires. You are committed to your students as if they were your own flesh and blood. You became a teacher so that you could make a difference, so that you could impart knowledge and life skills to children who will one day rise up … Continue reading 3 Self-Care Tips for Teachers