The Specter of Teacher Burn-Out

In my credential program, it seemed that every professor warned us of the high rate of burn-out for new teachers.  “Most teachers don’t last past five years,” they would say in somber voices. I don’t know for sure what my classmates were thinking, but I imagine that they, like I, sat straighter in their chairs... Continue Reading →


6 Tricks for Happier Substitute Teaching

Well, I've been a substitute teacher for a few months now.  I don't claim to be the most experienced sub out there--far from it--but I have learned a lot over these months, and I'd love to pass on this knowledge to others.  (After all, isn't that why most of us are teachers--because we love sharing... Continue Reading →

Adventures in Subbing

As the blog's title suggests, this blog is about my journey through teaching.  When I began it last year as a student teacher, I fully expected to continue it as a full-time, credentialed teacher this year.  While I am delighted to say that I am, in fact, a credentialed teacher, it turns out that I... Continue Reading →

Biggest Takeaways from EdTech Class

When I first entered my Educational Technology class, I will admit to feeling more than a little overwhelmed.  I have always considered myself technologically challenged, and being a student in a class centered on my weakness was daunting.  After five weeks of class, I am so thankful that I was forced to wrestle with this... Continue Reading →

Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching strategy that empowers students to learn by engaging them in inquiry-based learning.  Vanessa Vega composed a list of four characteristics of well-done PBL: students learning knowledge to tackle realistic problems as they would be solved in the real world increased student control over his or her learning teachers serving... Continue Reading →

Digital Citizenship

Citizenship: "the qualities that a person is expected to have as a responsible member of a community" ~Merriam Webster Dictionary The United States's public school system's original purpose was to create citizens, people who would have certain qualities that would allow them to be responsible members of the country.  Today, social science has a unique position... Continue Reading →

Technology Tools

  There are innumerable technology tools in the world today, and more are created all the time.  They all have their uses and limitations, but the one that I have found most valuable for instruction so far is Google Docs.  The possibilities of this tool are limitless.  Here are a few ways I have used it... Continue Reading →

Technology and Universal Design for Learning

 Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for helping teachers design lessons that meet the diverse needs of all students.  It is divided into three categories: Engagement (why to learn), Representation (what to learn), and Action/Expression (how to learn) (1).  Often, UDL is depicted in the following chart: (2) This chart shows different ways... Continue Reading →

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