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Find Your Teacher Tribe

When I started teaching, I started building my tribe. My tribe is the group of teachers that builds me up when things start to fall down, who inspire me to be a better teacher and a better person, and who are always there day in and day out.

Six years in, these are a few of the "go-to" people in my tribe. I cannot fit them all in one blog post, so stay tuned for the second installment of my teacher tribe. 

The one you met on day one - She is the one you met at orientation for your new school or first day teaching. She is motivated and passionate, just like you and she cheerleads for all your new ideas as you do for hers. She is a crucial member of your tribe because she started it. She's your first teacher friend.

The one who motivates you - She might not be at your school or in your grade level, but she is always willing to try new things because she loves her students and she loves learning. She steps out of her comfort zone to take on new challenges and she encourages yo…

5 Tips for a Great Conference Experience

If you're like me, you might be spending your Spring Break at a conference or convention soaking up all the tips and tools you can absorb over just a few days. I was very luck to be able to attend my first large scale event as a senior in college when I was sponsored to attend NSTA (National Science Teacher Association) Conference in Indianapolis. I am so grateful for this experience because it immediately showed be the value of getting out of your own backyard, growing your network, and continuing to be a good learner.

Over the last several years I have attended and now presented at many conferences. Here are my top 5 tips to make your next conference experience a great one!
#1 Plan your first conference day before you leave home Conferences are incredibly busy, full of a multitude of sessions, exhibitors, special events, and meals squeezed in between everything else. When I arrive in my final destination, frequently after a flight and a ride to get to my hotel, I am typically hu…