The Chalk Blog

5 Risks Every New Teacher Needs to Try

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Excellence, New Teacher, Educator Coaching, Student Engagement

Ten Secrets to Virtual Teaching or Tutoring

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Instructional Strategies, Teaching Excellence, Distance Learning, Digital Resources

Three Tips for Teaching from a Distance--Even As We Return to In-Person Learning

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Instructional Strategies, Teaching Excellence, Courses, Distance Learning, Teaching with Equity

Bringing Distance Learning to Life with Equity and Humanity

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Instructional Strategies, Teaching Excellence, Courses, Distance Learning, Teaching with Equity

Thank You, Teachers!

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Teaching Excellence, educator wellness, Teacher Appreciation, Happiness

Equity-Based Family Engagement

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Excellence, Parents, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teaching with Equity

Supporting First-Generation and Low-Income Students Beyond the College Acceptance Letter

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Excellence, diversity, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teaching with Equity

The Truth About Rigor

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Teaching Excellence, Positive Behavior Supports, Educator Coaching, Student Engagement, Distance Learning

Best Advice for Current and Incoming Teachers

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Teaching Excellence, educator wellness, Educator Coaching, Teacher Burnout, Distance Learning

Positive Parent Partnerships

The Importance of Building Parent-Teacher Relationships

My first year as a teacher, I was terrified of parents. Phone calls, emails- all communication with them terrified me. Looking back, my reasoning was limited: I was always afraid that if they were contacting me, it was because of something I did wrong. I taught at a well-known private school, and the stories about parents from veteran teachers in the building were elaborate and brutal.  

few years into my teaching tenure, I began to realize how incorrect my perception was. Sure, there were parents who wanted to challenge me, but in general, I found that parents were often my first line of action when I wanted to help, nudge, or connect on a different level with a student. 

I went through some trial and error before understanding how to work with parents, and the following is what I’ve learned along the way...I share it in the hope that it will help you too: 


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Topics: Teaching Excellence, Parents

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