A weekly advice column for K-12 teachers to share their joys, frustrations, and ongoing questions about teaching.

Practice culturally responsive teaching through classroom leadership. Research your students’ diverse backgrounds and share your own experiences. Create opportunities to help them identify and reach their goals.
For beginning teachers, decide what you value and support students as individuals. Build a community of learners. And, connect with fellow teachers for support.
Be prepared with reference letters, practice your answers, and have real-life examples of classroom problem-solving.
Have students list what’s important to them. Students should do virtual or in-person college tours, seek advice from school counselors, and attend college fairs to narrow their list.
Let’s commit to doing a few things to help our sanity. First, take a minute to catch your breath. Remember what is in your control. It’s OK to ask for help.
Be each other’s safe spaces. Collaborate on solutions. Get together outside of school and learn about your colleagues as people.
Follow the teacher’s lesson plan. Form relationships with students. When all else fails, use your acting skills.
Learn your rights. Allow your students a voice. Make available recent young adult books. Fight oppression.
If you decide to leave, coach a mentee to succeed you. Look for ways beyond teaching in a classroom to support school-aged children. Find your next step.
Technology can be your friend. Use help from ELL teachers, students to communicate with families who don’t speak English. Stick to district-approved technology for communication with students.
If you’re new to a school, make friends with teachers and colleagues. Unpack and settle in. Be flexible with change.
Consistently alert students and parents to what you expect to prevent problems and establish a healthy work-life balance.
Your spot for seeking advice from other teachers, sharing ideas or frustrations, and celebrating the joys of teaching.
Vote. Use social media to fill classroom needs. Set routines in the classroom. Make every day a fresh start.
Join Chalkbeat on Aug 31, 5-5:45 p.m. ET as Dr. Kem shares her strategies for a successful back-to-school season.
Set professional and personal goals. Find a mentor. Make a date with yourself to follow one of your passions.
Use technology, your school community, and online resources to connect their interests to learning.
It’s harder than ever to juggle all the demands of being a teacher. Advocate for yourself with the administration.
A weekly column to share joys and frustrations about teaching. Make it your go-to spot for recharging and new ideas.
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