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Why Educators Burn Out

Why Educators Burn Out

Categories: Instruction

Based on Take Time for You

How to burn yourself out as an educator:

Get up before dawn, stay up past midnight, grade papers, or do other work on the weekends and during your child’s soccer games. Meet with parents outside of school hours—some of whom aren’t on your side. Meet with students outside of class—some of whom look you in the eye and say cruel things right to your face. Create lessons from scratch—that sometimes flop in spite of your very best intentions. Sit in PLC meetings with colleagues—some of whom don’t share the passion that you share and who aren’t doing what’s best for students. Read more

Assessment Growth

Embrace a Growth Mindset About Assessment Practices

Categories: Assessment

As someone who coaches schools in the design and use of assessment to support student learning, I’ve observed the gamut of implementation. Some teams are hesitant to move forward with the process of changing their assessment practices, barely dipping their toes in the water, for fear of making a wrong move. Other teams comply with the expectation to give specific assessments but aren’t using the data that comes from them because they’re unsure how to proceed. Yet there are many teams who, even though the practices are new and potentially challenging, dive into the process with a sense of commitment and confidence. Read more

Support Women in School Leadership

Playing “Yes, And…” to Support Women in School Leadership

Categories: School Improvement

Based on Step In, Step Up

I first learned about women not supporting other women in leadership back in college. As my friend and I, duly-elected treasurers of our women’s dormitory, fought the cold winds of a January day in Minnesota, trudging the mile to the bank with heavy backpacks full of coins to deposit from the snack machines, we laughed about the feedback the dorm officers had just gotten. Read more

Examine your perceptions about teaching math to girls.

Changing Perceptions for Girls Learning Math

Categories: Instruction, Mathematics

Based on Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Girls in Grades K–5

Sometimes it is strange how a situation turns out. With data on hand, we often think we can accurately anticipate what might happen. However, the twists and turns of life regularly lead us from uncomfortable challenges to pleasant surprises. When I was in fourth grade, I had a terrible experience during a mathematics class. I was called out. I was embarrassed. I was ashamed. I was driven to tears. Read more