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Comprehensive Guide to Ace Your Elementary Librarian Interview

Ace your next elementary librarian interview with these essential preparation tips and expert-vetted elementary librarian interview questions from an actual elementary librarian. Increase your chances of landing the job with our guide! Check it out!

As an aspiring elementary librarian or just one looking to change jobs, it is essential to prepare well for your interview. Your interview is your opportunity to showcase your skills and knowledge, and to convince the hiring panel that you are the best candidate for the job. In this article, we will provide you with […]

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 […]

Wait Time in Student-Centered Discussion

Wait time in student-centered discussion is so important. Using wait time helps to decrease teacher talk and increase student talk and participation. What should you do for wait time? How much wait time should you give? Many great ideas to help you effectively use wait time as well as some things not to do during student discussions so you don't hijack a conversation and give students ownership of discussions whether you're in elementary or secondary.

How many times does this happen? You’re having a classroom discussion, your students are talking and then…crickets. You’re a great teacher, so you know that you need to provide adequate wait time, but that silence is deafening. All too often, I used to jump in and provide an idea or add a follow-up question to […]

At What Age Should Interactive Read Alouds Stop?

At what age should interactive read alouds stop? What grade level should you stop doing read alouds? The answer and reasons why inside!

Who doesn’t love interactive read alouds? Even as an adult I still read books aloud. I’m an admitted picture bookaholic, yes. But what about the rest of the world? At what age or grade level should interactive read alouds stop? While I was doing my student teaching, I split my days between a Kindergarten/1st grade […]

Ways To Get Your Quiet Students Talking

7 ways to get your quiet students talking in your classroom. Those who do the talking are the ones learning. These quick, easy strategies will get even your most timid students participating and talking in your classroom. These are great for ELL and bilingual classrooms as well!

Wait, you want your students talking in your classroom? Isn’t it a struggle enough to get that overly talkative kid to STOP talking? Let’s be honest, that kid that won’t stop talking is never going to completely stop talking, and you shouldn’t want them to. Student talk in the classroom is incredibly important for vocabulary […]

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 […]