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Teacher Work Life Balance: 5 Tips and Tricks That ACTUALLY WORK

In teaching, there is always something more to do, and it's often to the detriment of our family time. It was like this for me. Even when I finished one thing, there was always something more to do. It does not need to be that way, though. Over the years, I've made some changes to my teaching and life that has greatly improved my teacher work life balance and allowed me to be a better spouse to my wife, father to my kids, and teacher to my students. You can use these too and not one of them tells you to practice self care. This is real self care that helps you take back your time!

“All teachers are underpaid, overworked, and stressed out.“ That’s how one teacher described her job. Teacher work life balance is something that almost all educators struggle with. This teacher said that she felt like she was always running late for school events, meetings, and parent conferences. And when she wasn’t working, she was trying to […]

How to Plan a Read Aloud – Part 2

These tips will help you plan your interactive read alouds with the end in mind. The first read is crucial for choosing activities, vocabulary, and questions. Lots of ideas plus a free resource to improve your #readalouds #teachingreading

I have had a lot of people ask me, since I have over 300 interactive read aloud lesson plans in my TPT store, how to plan a read aloud. I’m not going to lie, it’s a process. Planning one interactive read aloud takes me about 2.5 hours with Netflix on or 2 hours without Netflix […]

Why Read Alouds Fail And How To Prevent It


Why do read alouds fail? When I first started teaching, I wasn’t given much direction in terms of read alouds.  In my literacy class I had read that a read aloud was part of a balanced literacy program and that I should do one.  I wasn’t really told anything more but my professor did read […]