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What to Wear and What NOT to Wear

Written by Jaclyn McCormick, TE Instructional Coach I remember when I first started teaching. I thought I had everything covered once the notebooks were purchased, anchor charts were hung, and seats were assigned. Then I opened my closet and realized I had been wearing jeans and sweatshirts to class every day in college. I had … Continue reading

TEam Member Top 10 Favorite Books

You can tell a lot about a person by what he/she reads. Teaching Excellence Instructional Coaches are always reading something. See below for a list of one of our coach’s all-time favorites. The recommendations might be just what you’re looking for whether you want to do some late night recreational reading or classroom research. TEam … Continue reading

Welcome to Houston – Home of the Four-Hour Rush Hour!

If you’re new to Houston, the massive web of highways, interstates, and onramps may have you confused and intimidated. This is normal, but fear not, brave reader, for this blog’s goal is to make you feel more confident navigating the city’s highways and byways. First let’s discuss how the highways themselves work and then we … Continue reading

TE Top 10…Places to eat on the cheap because you just graduated and aren’t getting paid yet!

We’ve compiled some of the TEam’s favorites for those of you new to town or if you just want some new places to try that won’t break the bank. Barnaby’s & Baby Barnaby’s – several coaches named this Montrose duo as a favorite. Baby Barnaby’s has incredible breakfast and everything at Barnaby’s, from the burgers … Continue reading

TEam Member Spotlight: Courtney Robinson

What is your role on the TEam? I am an Instructional Coach. Where did you study? I received my undergraduate degree from the amazing University of South Carolina. I also studied Education at the University of St. Thomas. Why are you passionate about education and teacher development? Both as a student and as a teacher, … Continue reading

10 Perks of Being a Teacher

Educators work hard, and we love businesses that want to thank teachers for all they do. Check out these fun discounts for teachers and don’t forget your school ID!     1. 15% off at JoAnn Fabric and Michael’s with your school ID. 2. offers 20% off classroom purchase. Who says your class can’t read … Continue reading

Where to Work in Houston? Coffee shops and eateries which make great work spots

BY: Emily Ewing and Sarah Murphy Fact: Teaching takes a lot of time and is a lot of work. While teachers do have at least one planning period per day, there is typically additional work (lesson planning, paper grading, etc.) which might need to be done outside of the working day. Weekends can be a … Continue reading

TEam Member Top 10 Favorite Books

You can tell a lot about a person by what he/she reads. Teaching Excellence Instructional Coaches are always reading something. See below for a list of one of our coach’s all-time favorites. The recommendations might be just what you’re looking for whether you want to do some late night recreational reading or classroom research. TEam … Continue reading

10 Team Builders and Icebreakers for the Beginning of the Year

Find-a-Friend Bingo Create a bingo chart and fill each square with categories like, ‘I have been to another country’ and ‘I have more than 3 siblings.’ The kids go around and find people for whom those statements are true and write their names on the line. The first student to fill the sheet or get … Continue reading

Classroom Organization 102

  Did our Classroom Organization 101 post leave you wanting more? Here are some advanced organization systems to get your teacher life organized and class running smoothly.       Help Wanted: Student jobs are great. They take the pressure of doing everything off of you, and students love to have a job. Try this … Continue reading

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