All posts tagged: advice

What do you like least about teaching?

You probably have a lot of questions about what it means to be a teacher. You may be wondering if it’s a right fit for you. Is teaching challenging? The answer is yes. If you were to ask me today, after 3 years of teaching, What do you like least about teaching?, I’d say teaching is time-consuming. There’s a solution to this. I just haven’t mastered it yet.  I’ve struggled with teaching because I haven’t been in the same school or same grade level every year. Causing me to change curriculums and texts every time since each school and grade level requires something different.  The first couple of years of teaching, I struggled with classroom management—making sure everyone was in their seat, paying attention, and being respectful while I taught a lesson. Just when I thought I had teaching under control, I realized that lesson planning continued to be a struggle. I never seemed to have the lessons plans prepared weeks in advance. I always had them ready just on time.  Not to mention that …

3 Simple Tips to Help You Be Disciplined

If you’ve ever struggled with discipline you know the struggle is real with getting things done. However, as soon you learn how to apply discipline in one area of your life, it becomes easier to apply discipline in other areas of your life whether you’re studying for an exam, writing a book, or committing to a new habit. Below you will find 3 simple tips I’ve applied in my life to become disciplined in multiple areas of my life. I hope that you find them helpful! 1. Set a timer Set a timer to your desired time length. The allotted time helps you focus on the task versus spending double the time on an activity without intention. For example, you can set a timer to draft a blog post, take a nap, or learn a foreign language and commit to only work on that during, let’s say, 15 minutes. 2. Reward Yourself After you complete the task you want to build discipline in, reward yourself. The reward can be super simple like 5 minutes of …

One Tip for the Uninspired Writer

The greatest lesson I learned about writing was to treat writing as a conversation. Before then, I thought academic writing was formal, an assignment to turn in to teachers and professors. Writing can have personality! Treating writing as a conversation took the weight off my shoulders because I could now approach writing as a conversation over coffee. Looking at writing as a conversation felt like a new concept for me. But it made sense. For a conversation to work, you take turns discussing a topic, you sometimes give a counterargument, and you add points. When I think of the word conversation, I usually think about in-person conversation and hearing people’s voices and the tones of their voices. We talk about pretty much everything from the weather to our troubles to our loved ones. This also applies to writing. The underlying structure of effective academic writing–and of responsible public discourse–resides not just in stating our own ideas but in listening closely to others around us, summarizing their views in a way that they will recognize, and …