Your Teaching Mentor, Michelle Martinez

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!

Finding the Joy Of Teaching

One of the biggest things I hear is that there is no joy left in teaching for many. School shootings and violence against teachers seem to dominate the headlines. Social media is flooded with posts about a record number of teachers leaving their jobs. It would seem...

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Valentine’s Party

It’s finally here–what is likely to be your last classroom holiday party of the school year.  Whenever you're planning any classroom party, there are three main things that you need to take into consideration. You need to know your students, you need to know yourself,...

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How to Teach Classroom Procedures – Part 3

Today we pick up at Step 6. If you need to review the previous steps please click here. If you or your friends are parents, this idea would work at home too. So feel free to share this blog with anybody you know that has children at home that may benefit from this as...

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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.