Experience: For Common Core

First Year Priorities

First Year Priorities

Dear Sarah, I am going into my first year of teaching. If you could give a list of your top 5 personal priorities, what would they be? Sincerely, First Year Priorities Teach openly, With Teacher2Teacher E-Newsletter If you like what you're reading, sign up for Sarah's...

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Learning from My PLN

Learning from My PLN

Dear Sarah, My question is short. I want to know how to learn best from my PLN. Thanks! Sincerely, Learning from my PLN Dear Learning from my PLN, My first favorite thing about your question is what it implies: you are already cultivating your own personalized...

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First Year Blur: a VIDEO message

First Year Blur: a VIDEO message

Dear Sarah, I am getting ready to finish my first year of teaching! Overall, it’s been a good year. I’ve enjoyed my students, most of the parents have been good to work with and my colleagues have been really helpful. But I’m also exhausted. I know I’m supposed to be...

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Summer Learning

Summer Learning

Dear Sarah, After a rewarding but exhausting school year, I’m definitely looking forward to summer! I’m one of those teachers who loves the summer pace, but also wants to keep learning. My school district is organizing some days of professional development that I’ll...

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Job Interview Jitters

Job Interview Jitters

Dear Sarah, I’m student teaching right now and getting ready to apply for jobs next fall. As I start to go through this process, I’m wondering what new teachers should look for in a school? Sincerely, Job Interview Jitters Dear Job Interview Jitters, As spring quickly...

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Classroom Management Help

Classroom Management Help

Dear Sarah, I have been asked to support a first year high school English teacher who is struggling with classroom management. The students are prone to outbursts, inappropriate comments and general off task behavior. From my own classroom experience, I know rules,...

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