My name is Michelle Martinez and I am in my 24th year of teaching. I have taught in 3 different schools and was also a substitute for multiple other districts. I am currently a kindergarten teacher but I have taught every grade from preschool to 5th (except second) and I actually started my career as a Chapter 1 (now called Title 1) Math teacher serving first through sixth graders.
Teaching is Hard
Here’s what I know for sure: teaching is hard. It is also the most rewarding, fulfilling, amazing thing we can ever choose to do (at least in my humble opinion).
If you want to refine your teaching practice, grow as an educator and have someone to lean on for help, this is the place for you. I hope it serves you and I am thrilled to be your mentor and guide!
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Want to know the best way I have found to curb excess talking? How about the most equitable and easy way I found to handle classroom jobs? These two seemingly small changes made a huge impact in my classroom! Let’s talk about ways to curb the chatting first, shall we?...
Martin Luther King Day is a great opportunity to teach our students about the great legacy that Martin Luther created. This blog post contains a few activities that Michelle has used to help incorporate this in the classroom
Christmas is a great time to get students (and parents) involved in creative activities within the classroom, Christmas Art Days help to facilitate this.
Help those students who consistently do the right thing to feel recognised and valued as a part of your classroom. Give students the ‘VIP’ experience.
Michelle provides some valuable insight into how teachers can overcome the comparison trap and learn from and cheer on their peers instead.
The kind of teacher you will become is directly related to the kind of teachers you associate with. Teaching is a profession where misery does more than just love company – it recruits, seduces and romances it. Avoid people who are unhappy and disgruntled about the possibilities for transforming education. They are the enemy of the spirit of the teacher.