Children’s Literature in AP Government

My bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education, and I spent six years in PreK to 4th-grade classrooms. I worked in a preschool during high school and college, and I thought for sure I’d be an elementary teacher. However, as the story goes, I did not become an elementary teacher. That doesn’t mean some teaching techniques…

Tips for Reducing Burn Out For Teachers

Listen to my podcast interview about this topic! Burnout is a topic for every year, but especially this year, with everything being new and uncertain. I’ve written about my reflections on remote teaching. I have been working with teachers all summer and listening to teachers, as well as brainstorming. If we are honest here, it’s…

Focus on the Outcomes

I received an email this morning that I needed to choose my daughter’s mode of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year by July 10th. (Arizona starts early and the district is on a modified year-round schedule). I froze. Like me, most people are going into this next school year wondering what in the hell they…

Learning More About What You Teach and Who You are Teaching

As a National Board Certified teacher, I am constantly reflecting on the Five Core Propositions, especially the second: Teachers Know the Subjects They Teach and How To Teach Those Subjects. As we moved through the last 3 months, this has been a focal point for me. If you are not aware, I do not have…

The Long Goodbye

Originally posted on Stories from Schools AZ   This is dedicated to the Basha High School Class of 2020. My sweet, smart, empathetic, hilarious, amazing senior class. You will forever have a place in my heart. You made me love teaching at a time where it was almost impossible.  And to those not at my…