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  • A Mathematical Solution
    The good news is you’ve been assigned to teach a double period of mathematics. Now, you finally have enough time to impart your love of the subject to your students. The bad news is you’ve been assigned to teach a double period of mathematics. It’s hard enough keeping your students engaged for a 45 minute period, let alone a 90 minute block.
  • Time Management Tips
    While there are so many rewards to classroom work, those who have taught also know that it’s one of the toughest jobs around. The sheer volume of work, the tug and pull of competing demands, the difficulties balancing long-term goals with needs of the moment — all contribute to intense feelings of burden and pressure.
  • First Impressions
    In less than 60 seconds, people form their first impressions of you. Before you even speak — how you dress, how you carry yourself have made an impact. And when you do speak, the tone and pitch of your voice are also registering on the listener. Teachers, who are seen and heard for hours each day by so many, are being “sized up” and judged more than they might imagine.
  • Reflection for Guided Reading
    What was the main teaching point (objective) of your lesson? What was the main concept or skill you wanted your students to learn?
  • Your First Formal Observation
    You’ve just completed your formal observation. Now what? First, pat yourself on the back for the hard work you put into your teaching every day. Next, expect the supervisor who observed you to invite you to discuss your lesson in a post-observation conference.
  • Polishing Your Resume: Presenting Your Best Self
    So you’ve decided to explore your career options. Maybe you want to take advantage of the Open Market Transfer Plan and apply for a position in a different school, or maybe you want to apply for a position in another field altogether. Whichever it is, the first thing you have to do is prepare a resume that emphasizes your accomplishments and helps you stand out from the crowd. Remember, your resume is a marketing tool, not a personnel history.
  • Suggestions for the Guidance Counselor’s Year-End Calendar
    When a school year comes to a close, we as guidance counselors reflect on the crucial role we play in helping our students achieve their personal best in the academic, social/personal and career domains. Our efforts as student advocates and school leaders can facilitate making the school community an educational beacon in the lives of our students. Performing those counselor responsibilities in a timely and planned manner assist us in maintaining a professional and sane perspective.