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The End of the School Year Paradox

Picture this: there are five weeks left of school on the calendar. You’re scheduling things like field day, running records, end of the year spelling inventories, math fact fluency checks, and virtual field trips. Everyone is telling you to be discreet with your students. Don’t mention the end of the year- yet. However, when you look at their faces, you see a mix of panic and excitement setting in. Their tiny minds are on overload.…
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4 Ways To Bring Less Work Home With You

As educators, we know that most days, the school day extends long past the 6-7 hours our students are in the classroom. Work comes home with us on nights and weekends. However, this year in particular, it is important to reserve downtime for things that do not involve school. Taking less work home at the end of the day is hugely important. For me, home has to be home. The moment I walk through our…
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4 Strategies to Work Smarter, Not Harder In the Classroom

We just finished up April break here in New Hampshire and we are entering the final stretch. As my kiddos would say- dun, dun, duuuuuun! Looking at the calendar is frightening. There’s so little time left and so much to do. At this point in the year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed in the chaos of it all. That being said, I’m coming back to some tried and true strategies that I find help me…
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How to Bounce Back From Rejection

Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and years to come 🙂 So, you did it. You went into the interview and gave your all. Maybe you feel really good or maybe you feel kind of meh. Either way, give yourself some credit for the time…
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Delivering an Engaging Sample Lesson

Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and years to come 🙂 I’ve found that delivering a sample lesson is a 50/50 ask when interviewing. Sometimes there’s an initial interview and then the school responds with a request for a sample lesson. Sometimes, depending on when…
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The Art of the Zoom Interview

Zoom has taken over the world. Classes, weddings, cocktail parties, interviews- truly, what’s next? Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and years to come 🙂 I don’t believe Zoom interviews for teachers were common until the Covid-19 pandemic, but even so, I can see them…
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Sample Interview Questions (And How To Actually Answer Them)

Your resume is complete, the interview is scheduled, but… now what? Time to nail down how to answer those tricky little interview questions we all know we’re going to be asked. Pedagogy? No problem. Differentiation? You’ve got this. Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and…
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What To Do When You Finally Land an Interview

I hope you’re reading this post because you’ve got an interview to prepare for. If so, kudos! Now comes the fun part. Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and years to come 🙂 Prepping for your interview goes farther than looking up sample questions and…
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The Ultimate Teacher Resume and the 21st Century Job Search

You’re ready to begin your job search as an educator but you’re thinking what now? Let me offer a little insight! Edit: I would like to clarify that I am sharing the knowledge I’ve learned from previous interview circumstances. This knowledge helped me achieve my current position which I LOVE and plan to be in for years and years to come 🙂 The Ultimate Teacher Resume They may talk about it briefly in a college…
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The Importance of High-Fives and Hugs

At least once a week my students approach me with outstretched arms and strained expressions on their faces. “I just want to hug you!” they cry, to which I extend my arms and say, “air hug!” I send them off, dejected. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and safety measures, our class has become a total touch-free zone. “Keep your hands to yourself!” “Respect their personal space bubble!” “Leave that alone!” I believe our lower elementary students…
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Structuring Your School Day For Success

During the week, my days require structure. I’m really big on habit and routine because they help me achieve little successes throughout my day, without even thinking about it. As an educator, structuring your day is one of the best things you can do. If you don’t have a schedule and routine for your day, you are not only doing your students a disservice- you’re doing yourself a disservice. We know that our students thrive…

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Caitlin Carmellini is a 5th year teacher and an educational leadership masters student who believes in promoting teacher leadership, establishing positive school climate and culture, promoting work-life balance, and supporting teacher experiences in the classroom.

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