five ways to conquer student apathy

I recently published a post about Five Things Teachers Can Do to Conquer Student Apathy. The post focused on specific actions teachers can take to build a classroom community and culture that is safe, engaging, and encourages students to get involved. But what about structuring the actual class period? How do we create content that […]

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Five things teachers can do to conquer student apathy

“It’s them not me.” “Kids today don’t care.” “I’m not their tour guide, I’m their teacher.” There are so many things wrong with the above statements that it would be a whole other post to explain it but honestly, we’ve all thought it, haven’t we? There is absolutely nothing wrong with recognizing the frustrations that […]

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How to Structure a 90-minute Block Social Studies Class

We all remember the first time we were told we would be teaching on a block schedule, the dread that immediately permeated the room. In my six years of teaching, up until last year, I’d actually only taught on a block schedule, so contrary to popular response, when I recently heard my administration announce that […]

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Five Ways to Ensure Your Success as a Secondary Teacher (Practical Tips for First-Year and Veteran Secondary Classroom Teachers)

5 Ways to Ensure Your Success as a Secondary Teacher (Practical Tips for First-Year and Veteran Secondary Classroom Teachers) Yay! You’ve decided to take on the incredibly challenging but equally rewarding role of becoming a classroom teacher! As a fellow teacher, I am so glad you’re here! Teaching is such a unique profession because it […]

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Top 5 Social Studies Review Games

  Regardless of the content you teach, students have A LOT to learn throughout high school. According to the Professional Learning Board, “Neurophysiological studies show that one of the important components of learning is repetition or practice which helps to strengthen the connections of the wiring in the brain.” Essentially, we know that review is […]

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5 Ways to Incorporate Competition into Your Secondary Classroom

5 Ways to Incorporate Competition into Your Secondary Classroom A high school student, Betty White, and my Dad walk into a Laser Tag park… Okay. What on earth do these things have to do with each other? Isn’t this post supposed to be about teaching? How old is Betty White anyway? Does anyone even play Laser Tag […]

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Teaching teens and why it’s literally the best…

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. Sure, I fumbled around between Broadway star, Veterinarian, and Senator but ultimately, I always made it back to teaching. I have found my ultimate joy in teaching the medium-humans otherwise known as teenagers. They are profoundly frustrating, entertaining, and down-right fascinating. They are the perfect combination of […]

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Read Memoirs

FROM HOW TO LIVE BOUGIE, WITHOUT REALLY TRYING I’m a huge fan of memoirs. When I prop my feet up, light three different scented candles, click on the latest YouTube fireplace, and crack open a real pages-made-of-paper book, I almost always prefer it to be a memoir. I love learning about people’s unique life experiences, […]

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Own a Pair of Fuzzy Slippers

from How to Live Bougie, without Really Trying  This whole thing started over a pair of fuzzy slippers. Well actually, the whole thing started when I realized the life I had always imagined turned out to be exactly the life I didn’t want. But you could say the slippers were my inspiration. I received them as […]

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How to Live Bougie, without Really Trying

Throughout your lifetime, you encounter various phases where you learn things about yourself that often have a lasting impact on your existence. When I was eight, I was told that I was “too bossy”. I realized that my “bossiness” would make me an excellent teacher. When I was seventeen, the boy I gave my “everything” […]

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