Help! Teacher of the Year Is a Popularity Contest

Dear WeAreTeachers:I’ve been a fifth-grade teacher for the past decade, all at my current school. I’m active in the PTA and on various school committees, and parents and kids love me. I didn’t get into this job for recognition, but I can’t pretend it doesn’t hurt to get passed over time and again for Teacher … Read more

AAPI Heritage Month Activities for Students of All Ages

Since 1990, May has been designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month was chosen to honor the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843. The transcontinental railroad, which was largely built by Chinese immigrants, was also completed on May 10, 1869. Given the … Read more

Don’t Think Too Much –

Alan Watts: Don’t Think Too Much Full Transcript “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So, he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusions. By thoughts, I mean specifically, chatter in the skull. Perpetual and compulsive repetition of words, of reckoning and calculating. I’m … Read more

👥 10 Tips For Engaging Parents

Lee Hill Since switching from psychology to primary education in 2011, Lee has held numerous teaching and leadership roles: KS2 class teacher, Phase Leader, Literacy Coordinator, Assistant Headteacher and Vice Principal. Additionally, he has held trust-wide leadership responsibilities including NQT/RQT Program Coordinator, ITT Coordinator, Writing Moderator and… Read more about Lee Hill How do we … Read more

Bird Books for Kids, as Recommended by Teachers

Do you know a child who has a fascination with the chirps and tweets they hear outside their window? Are they constantly stopping to peer up at a winged friend on a wire? Kids who take time to notice birds should be nurtured in their love for the fantastically interesting avian world. These bird books … Read more

Benchmark Writing Assessments for Elementary Teachers in 2022 – Clutter-Free Classroom

Throughout the school year, you’ll want to capture snapshots of your students’ current writing abilities so that you can design lessons based on their needs. Benchmark writing assessments are a great tool to help you do this! You can learn all about what benchmark writing assessments are, why they are important, and how to use … Read more

My Student has a Crush on Me and I’m Freaking Out

Dear WeAreTeachers:I’m a 24-year-old high school teacher. Today, one of my 18-year-old female students stopped me after class, waited until everyone left, and said, “I think I have a crush on you.” I played it cool and asked her to continue coming to my class (she immediately said she was too embarrassed to do so). … Read more