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Strategies for Student Defiance with Miss Behavior

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.  This week's guest blogger is Allie S. from the blog Miss Behavior.


All behavior is communication. We know this, we hear it a LOT. Just knowing this important fact isn’t enough, though, and doesn’t magically give us a toolbox or a skill set to support students through tough moments. When students are defiant, it’s hard on us AND it’s hard on them. How do we handle student defiance? I’ve got nine tips for you that require some mindset shifting, but are tangible ways to help lessen the stress and stay focused on learning.

Before we tackle the student piece, know that teacher regulation is ESSENTIAL. And I am very aware (from personal, lived...

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How to Support a Grieving Teacher

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers. 


How do you help a colleague who is dealing with loss?

Supporting a fellow educator dealing with the loss of a loved one can be a daunting task. Coming back to work after a loss can be especially difficult for teachers due to the nature of the job. Having to immediately return to a high-stakes position in addition to dealing with a class full of children is challenging. Thankfully, the support of fellow teachers and administrators can ease the burden. 

I know this because I lost both of my brothers within five years of one another. My oldest brother, Curtis, passed away while I was teaching 5th grade in Chicago Public Schools. You can listen to episodes #45 and #46 of the e2e...

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Teaching Skills that Prepare You for Ed Tech Success

Classroom to Boardroom is an online course that helps teachers explore education roles outside the classroom. Are you interested in learning what roles are available to educators at companies like Scholastic, Mystery Science and Discovery Education? Learn about Classroom to Boardroom here.


 

Teachers looking to transition from the classroom to a position with an ed-tech company sometimes worry about whether they are qualified to make such a big career change. The reality, however, is that teacher jobs are excellent preparation for ed-tech employment. Your time in the classroom has given you numerous skills that will make you an effective member of the ed-tech field. 

Empathy

Empathy is central to the teaching experience. As an educator, you do not just help students to develop their intellects. You also help them to develop emotional intelligence, and that means teaching them to understand and model empathy. 

Great teachers TEACH empathy to their students...

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Covid-19 Teaching Lessons from a Veteran Teacher

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand video library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.


Let me begin by saying that I’ve seen a lot over my 14 years of teaching. I’ve worked with hundreds of children, problem-solved countless situations, and been through so many initiatives that I’ve lost count. I was almost to the point of being able to say “I’ve seen it all!” 

Then, COVID-19 came along and turned schools (and the whole country) upside down. Myself, along with all the teachers of the nation, entered a season that none of us could have ever imagined, nor ever seen before.

Now that the last day of school is approaching, I often do my annual reflecting on the school year. This reflection is like no other before it, obviously.  I taught...

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3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Your Morning Routine

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.


The time between your alarm going off in the morning and the first bell can set the tone for the rest of your day. Being a teacher means you rise early and have less time to fit in a productive and healthy morning routine. Routine is KEY to keeping ourselves and our family sane during the hectic morning hours. Ask yourself these three questions to see how you can make things calmer and maybe even squeeze in a little self-care before you head off to school.

What is working?

We often forget to think about the things that are going well in our routines and instead focus on the stress of the things that aren’t going well. Make a list of what is going well for you and your...

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The One Thing EVERY New Teacher Must-Do to be Successful

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. Sign up for our FREE New Teacher Jumpstart audio course here.


 

New teachers are leaving the teaching profession at an alarming rate. According to a study by the advocacy group, Alliance for Excellent Education, 40-50% of new teachers leave teaching within the first 5 years. There are many factors that contribute to high turnover. If you ask veteran teachers why new teachers leave the profession quickly, they will tell you that many young teachers can't handle the stress of the classroom.

One thing EVERY new teacher must-do for a successful school year is prioritize self-care. Healthy boundaries, real teacher self-care, the ability to say NO, and having strong teacher-mentors are essential tools in the "survive your first few years of teaching" toolbox. 

Healthy Boundaries 

People are generally not good at setting...

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The Role of Community in Ed Tech Job Searches

Classroom to Boardroom is an online course that helps teachers explore education roles outside the classroom. Are you interested in learning what roles are available to educators at companies like Scholastic, Mystery Science and Discovery Education? Learn about Classroom to Boardroom here.


The article "The Importance of Building a Community During a Job Search" by Be the Change Career Consulting provides some spot-on insights into why community should be a central part of the job search process. For educators looking to transition to a career in education technology, community is even more important. 

You are embarking on an exciting, challenging, and potentially lengthy journey to find your dream position. You should not have to do it alone. In fact, finding a community of like-minded educators, and receiving guidance and support along the way, can make it faster, easier, and less stressful to land the right job at an education company. 

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Morning Meeting: Slowing Down to Speed Up

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.


  

One year, I decided to drop morning meeting from my classroom. Honestly, I thought it was a tool better served for the primary classroom and I was starting to feel it was a waste of instructional time. I quickly learned that morning meeting was one of the most important parts of my instructional day, even if I only spent 5 minutes setting the tone for the day's learning. The morning meeting is a great tool to bring a  class together as a cooperative and collaborative team.  

Each day, my students would enter my classroom in all types of moods. A few were elated and bouncing off the walls, one may have overslept and skipped breakfast, while others may have...

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Create a Teacher Resume that Stands Out

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.


Creating a teacher resume can feel like an overwhelming task for many. We recently sat down with Marie Morris on the e2e Podcast to discuss resume writing with the goal to debunk some of the scary parts of the process. You can read the highlights of the interview here or listen to the interview on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or Podbean.

Keep Your Resume Clean

Your resume is not the time to show off your flair for color, clipart, and decor. You want your resume to be professional and very easy to read. Research shows that hiring managers (aka principals) will spend 6 seconds scanning your resume to determine if they want to place you in the rejection pile. Your resume needs to be very easy...

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How to Get Out of a Mental Funk and Turn Your Day Around

educators 2 educators helps teachers reignite their passion for teaching through a focus on mental health + professional development. If you enjoy this content, you can access our entire on-demand learning library here. All e2e content is created for teachers, by teachers.


We've all been there. You wake up in the morning and you're just not feeling it. Life feels blah. You don't want to go to work. Your colleague or sister or partner annoyed you yesterday and the feelings are still lingering. Your clothes fit funny and your face looks tired. Maybe you are regretting that 9 pm glass of wine or the big warm batch chocolate chip cookies you devoured. You're in a mental funk and you know if you don't somehow snap out of it, you're headed for a long day of self-pity and cranky-town.

Even the most mentally healthy people wake up on the wrong side of the bed some days. It's normal and it seems to happen to me a few days a month. I've...

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