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Posted on December 23, 2012 by Natasha

We Wish You A Very Happy Holidays!

Scout and Lucy by the Tree

Happy Holidays from Scout & Lucy

We would like to take this time to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  For some this is known as ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’  Last week on #ntchat with Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul), we spoke about what it meant to be #grateful at this time of year (archives).  The Rookie Team would like to take this time to thank everyone for reading the blog, listening to The Lounge Podcast, joining the discussion on Twitter & Facebook, and Following our Pins on Pinterest.

Our readers have made 2012 a great year!

Thank you, we are humbled and grateful for your support.

We couldn’t leave you without some food for thought over the break…here are  3 Quick Tips for rookies and veteran teachers alike:

  1. Rest up & Rejuvenate: you don’t have to pay big money to rest & relax…have a nap, find a good book, sleep in, spend time with family and friends, have another nap, catch up over a beverage or two, sleep, nap, sleep, and nap
  2. Read a book for PD: as Rookies, it’s tough to catch a break, we are always so eager to continue learning and developing our strategies and classroom routines – if you must think about work over the break – grab an EDU, children’s, or young adult book (we recommend: Words That Start With B by Vikki VanSickle, Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire by Rafe Esquith, Tribes by Seth Godin, The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, Guiding Readers: Making the Most of the 18-minutes Guided Reading Lesson by Lori Jamison Rog …)
  3. Recharge: this may seem a lot like #1…but it is so critical for new teachers to keep up the energy we give off at school.  Sleep, rest, and gather new energy to make 2013 the best it can be!
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Occasional Teacher Mini Series: The Supply Teacher: The Lounge Podcast: Episode 6 0

Posted on February 05, 2012 by Natasha

The Lounge is a biweekly podcast brought to you by TheRookieTeacher[dot]ca.

Welcome to our Occasional Teacher Mini Series.  On this episode, two RookieTeachers discuss The Supply Teacher. It’s no secret that as rookies, most of us will begin our careers as a supply teacher, long term occasional teacher, 0.## contracts, planning, rotary, etc. That’s why Natasha and Andrew discuss supply teaching tips, routines, and networking, we look into the classroom teacher’s perspective, and finish off with a bag ‘o tricks for the occasional teacher.

Roscoe Considers Recording a Podcast

photo: zoomer, flickrcc.net


Each episode features three segments:

  1. Topic Discussion
  2. Quick Tip for Tomorrow
  3. The Rookie Resource Bank

Topic: Occasional Teacher Mini Series: The Supply Teacher

Quick Tip for Tomorrow: Something you could do the next day in class with little or no prep and is applicable to most grade levels.

  • Andrew: Conferencing Notes (Supply): Create a sheet that works for you that shows the classroom teacher who you helped, gave advice to etc.
  • Natasha: Mix up seating arrangements with colour strips
The Rookie Resource Bank: any electronic, print, or event resource that we found helpful in our first few years of teaching.  Of course, these are all applicable to all teachers.
  • Andrew: Centralized Digitized Media Services from your school board
  • Natasha: iTunes playlist

photo: suneko, flickrcc.net

Quick Shout Outs

  1. Any feedback you can give us for TheRookieTeacher.ca or The Lounge Podcast would be greatly appreciated > it’s as simple as commenting on the blog, sending us a tweet, posting to the FB page, or emailing us
  2. #ntchat on Wednesdays at 8:00pm EST on twitter > Natasha recommends using twebevent.com/ntchat
  3. Also check out our friends at CampHacker.org and the CampHacker podcast – camp directors are a lot like teachers

Rookie Teacher Online
We are always looking for ideas, feedback, tips and tricks of the trade.  Find us on Twitter @RookieTeacherCAFacebook.com /TheRookieTeacher.  If you are looking to get involved with our team, please contact us!

Thanks for listening. Join us for our next episode when we discuss Life as Rotary (Planning) Teacher: When you only have 40 minutes…

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New Teachers: We want your feedback… 1

Posted on December 22, 2011 by Natasha

Dear Rookie Teacher Team,

As a new teacher, I am most interested in a website that will…

  1. give me fresh ideas about classroom management, organization, & student success
  2. provide lesson plans
  3. be a forum to ask questions and get help about being a new teacher
  4. be a forum to express my interests about education
  5. other (please leave a comment below)

Please take our opinion poll located at TheRookieTeacher Facebook Page.  Not on Facebook? No problemo! Simply answer in the “Leave a Reply” comment box below.

We want to be your helpful new teacher resource!

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How do you collaborate? Facebook Poll 1

Posted on December 08, 2011 by Natasha
Voting on Flickr by redjar

Voting: Flickr by redjar

We want to know how you are collaborating with other teachers and educators (Rookie or otherwise).

Swing by our Facebook Group and vote in our poll:

 I collaborate with other teachers…

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A Rookie Introduction: Our Newest Contributor…Michelle Horst 0

Posted on December 03, 2011 by Michelle

Hello — I am Michelle Horst, a new occasional teacher in Halton District School Board. I have always thought of teaching as a journey and am looking forward to joining together with fellow “rookie teachers” to celebrate and support others in the art of teaching. It is my utmost desire to inspire my students to learn and take action, while helping them to find independence and joy in their world and beyond! I strongly believe that “education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one” [Malcolm Forbes], and I hope you will join us as we strive together to improve as teachers! You can find me on Twitter @Michelle_Horst and on Facebook sharing teaching resources at Our Classroom! If you would like to learn more about me, please feel free to check out my blog www.ourclassroom.ca!

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