5 Signs Of Burnout And The Steps Organizations Can Take To Prevent It

Take Control Of Employee Well-Being Now Professional burnout may not be a new phenomenon but the term itself is. The idea of “burnout” was first coined in the early seventies by Herbert Freudenberger in his book Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement. In his book, he defines it as “the extinction of motivation or … Read more

Summer Professional Development Books: Bestsellers

Summer is an excellent time for recharging; it’s also a great time for finding new inspiration. NCTE members have written fabulous books on a range of topics you might find interesting, and we’ve pulled together a list of bestsellers for your review.
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Counterstory: The Rhetoric and Writing of Critical Race Theory by Aja Martinez
Humanities scholar Aja Y. Martinez makes a compelling case for counterstory as methodology in rhetoric and writing studies through the well-established framework of critical race theory (CRT), reviewing first the counterstory work of Richard Delgado, Derrick Bell, and Patricia J. Williams, whom she terms counterstory exemplars.

In the Pursuit of Justice: Students’ Rights to Read and Write in Elementary School edited by Mariana Souto-Manning
Promoting an equitable and inclusive understanding of literacy, Mariana Souto-Manning and her teacher contributors explore how elementary teachers can welcome the voices and languages of their students into their classrooms in their pursuit of reading and writing experiences that showcase children’s skills and practices.

Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-Winning Children’s Book Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing edited by Melissa Stewart
Some of today’s most celebrated nonfiction writers for children share how their writing processes reflect their passions, personalities, beliefs, and experiences in the world. Editor Melissa Stewart offers a wide range of tips, tools, teaching strategies, and activity ideas to help students learn to craft rich, unique prose.

Teach Living Poets by Lindsay Illich and Melissa Alter Smith
Teach Living Poets opens up the flourishing world of contemporary poetry to secondary teachers, giving advice on discovering new poets and reading contemporary poetry, as well as sharing sample lessons, writing prompts, and ways to become an engaged member of a professional learning community.

Jennifer Buehler shows how to implement a YA pedagogy—one that revolves around student motivation while upholding the goals of rigor and complexity. Buehler explores the three core elements of a YA pedagogy with proven success in practice: (1) a classroom that cultivates reading community; (2) a teacher who serves as book matchmaker and guide; and (3) tasks that foster complexity, agency, and autonomy in teen readers.

Whether you are new to teaching writing online or are looking for a more comprehensive approach, this book will provide the ideas and structure you need.
Grounded in Warnock’s years of experience in teaching, teacher preparation, online learning, and composition scholarship, this book is designed with usability in mind. Features include How to manage online conversations; responding to students; organizing course material; core guidelines for teaching online; resource chapter; and appendix with sample teaching materials.

Workshopping the Canon introduces practicing and preservice English language arts teachers to a process for planning and teaching the most frequently taught texts in middle and secondary classrooms using a workshop approach. Demonstrating how to partner classic texts with a variety of high-interest genres within a reading and writing workshop structure, Mary E. Styslinger aligns the teaching of literature with what we have come to recognize as best practices in the teaching of literacy.

How can we reach all of our students—especially those who have been ignored and underserved in America’s classrooms?
Maisha T. Winn and Latrise Johnson suggest that culturally relevant pedagogy can make a difference. Although it certainly includes inviting in the voices of those who are generally overlooked in the texts and curricula of US schools, culturally relevant teaching also means recognizing and celebrating those students who show up to our classrooms daily, welcoming their voices, demanding their reflection, and encouraging them toward self-discovery.

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Developing Expertise: A Personal Responsibility

Self-Directed Learning: How And Why As a knowledge worker, my prime responsibility is to invest in myself, which means that keeping myself updated in my field of expertise is a mandate. I do that by continually learning and improving my skills; not doing so would be a disservice to not only myself but also to … Read more

Pandemic Underscores ‘Wellbeing Gap’ in the Teaching Profession

The pandemic has made clear the deep inequities in our society, especially within the educational system. And it became clear the many roles schools play beyond academics: like getting lunches to those who can’t afford them and providing a robust childcare system that makes it possible for parents and guardians to be employed outside the … Read more

How Do You Recover From the Longest School Year? You Rest, Relax, and Then You Recharge

This has been the longest year of my teaching career. Quite honestly, it feels like it’s stretched on for 24 long months. Last year never really ended, summer never really happened, and this year has been a constant struggle to do what needs to be done. I. Am. Exhausted. And I know I’m not alone. … Read more

6 Tips To Resolve Employee Performance Issues Tactfully With Online Training

How To Tactfully Resolve Employee Performance Issues With Online Training The misinformed believe that employee performance issues come down to lack of skills training. There is a huge issue underlying poor employee performance, though. Managers are doomed to fail if they direct their team members to complete online training without the proper context. Especially those … Read more

Three Thoughtful Tips to Help High Schoolers Design Their Futures

By Guest Blogger Linda Hixson, Technology Teacher at Shenandoah Valley Jr/Sr High School in the Shenandoah Valley School District of Pennsylvania While moving into adulthood, teens are faced with a number of paths. Empowering students to select which path works best for them and determine how to best financially plan for the future are key … Read more

Empowering Educators to Transform Schools Through Trauma-Informed Practices

Today’s educators have one of the hardest jobs in the world. On any given day, they are asked to serve not only as teachers, but as coaches, artists, translators, and a host of other roles, as well. This is no surprise to educators who, every day, find that many of their students are struggling with … Read more

7 Professional Development Resources from a Year of Transformation 

Now that 2020 has taught us so very much about flexible approaches to learning, let’s stop and take a moment to recognize the newfound strengths that this flexibility allows for educators. Join Discovery Education as we highlight a series of simple no-cost resources that enable educators not only to navigate but to thrive in the world of virtual learning. These standards-aligned digital tools will help you lead your … Read more

Education Research Is Still Too Dense. We Need More Teacher-Researcher Partnerships.

In April of 2021, a simple Google search for “Online Teaching Tips” yields more than half a billion results. Half a billion resources offering tips, tricks, guidance and expertise to educators who are eager to meet their students’ needs amidst very demanding circumstances. And while today’s unprecedented levels of educational challenge may merit equally unprecedented … Read more