• Summer Guest Post: 10 Teacher Organization Tips For the New School Year

    Michele has been a teacher for 7 years and is currently teaching 1st grade. She loves sharing tips with fellow teachers on her blog Teaching with Mama Owl. Michele loves spending time with her husband, son, and their dog, Bentley. She also enjoys traveling, finding the latest deals at Target, and finding new ways to be more organized. If you’re like me, being more organized is one of the things you want to focus on this school year (or…every year). Organization skills are critical for any efficient teacher. In my seven years of teaching, I have discovered and refined many different organization methods and systems. Being organized helps me to…

  • Summer Guest Post: Creating a Successful Classroom Management Plan

    Cassie, from www.adventuresinbehavior.com, is a special education teacher in Texas and has worked for the past 5 years in an elementary behavior classroom for students with behavior disorders or autism.  She has a Master’s degree in special education and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Cassie is a self-proclaimed behavior nerd and loves to talk about all things related to behavior, coffee, and Harry Potter. We’ve all heard the horror stories of teachers being driven out of their classrooms and out of the education field because of student behavior!  It seems like these stories are popping up across social media more and more these days and it can be so…

  • Summer Update

    Hi friends! Dropping in real quick to give a quick summer update… Hopefully by the time you’re reading this, I am holding my sweet baby boy in my arms! (Due date was yesterday, but given that I’m writing this post 4 weeks ago…who knows?!) Basically I’m time traveling here. Writing to you from the past! (I guess it would be more impressive if I was writing to you from the future, huh?) Anyway, due to me wanting to spend some time with my new baby, I’ve scheduled out LOTS of blog posts ahead of time so that they are consistently posting. However, given that that was a lot of work…

  • Teacher Interview Questions + How to Get the Job

    It’s that time of year! Teachers all over the country are interviewing for a new position. Maybe you’re a first year teacher, excited to get into your first classroom and wondering what grade level you will teach. Or maybe you’re more experienced and just looking for a change in environment. Either way, you are likely dreading the teacher interview process and thinking about how you can make the best impression possible to increase your chances of securing your dream job. I have a lot of experience in the teacher interview department. In my 5 years of teaching, I’ve worked at 3 different schools. The job hunting process is no stranger…

  • Five Tips for Teachers Changing Grade Levels

    As teachers, so much is constantly changing in our career. State standards, professional requirements, our students…there is so much change to anticipate from year to year! And sometimes, for various reasons, we even change the grade level we are teaching. For some this might be an exciting change; for others, not so much. I’ve changed grade levels twice in my career. I taught kindergarten my first year teaching because, well, it was a week before school started and that was the only job offer I had. I wasn’t really in a position to be picky! I had zero experience with kinder, and much preferred upper elementary. A year in kindergarten…

  • Life Update!

    Hey, friends! Just wanted to drop in and give a little life update for y’all as some things are changing around The Average Teacher Headquarters! (Whoa, that sounds like, super official. It’s really just a super small room inside my home, but “headquarters” has a nice ring to it.) If you caught my live on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, then you can stop reading now – this is nothing new. But, if you didn’t, keep reading! As many of you know, I am having a baby in just a couple of weeks! We are so excited and cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by since seeing…

  • Self Care for Teachers this Summer

    Summertime, and the living is easy…. Wouldn’t it be nice if that were actually true? While summer is definitely one of my favorite times of year, I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily easy living all the time. As a teacher, I usually spend my summer planning, shopping, and getting organized for next school year. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that! That’s just part of what comes with being a teacher, I guess! We have summers “off,” but are we ever really off? I’m going to go with no. We are always on, all the time, thinking about next year or worrying about that one student or dreaming (or nightmare-ing)…