It took a lot of time and effort to become a teacher. Don’t throw that all away!
Lepre’s Learning Log is a comprehensive resource for teachers just starting out in the profession or those that are trying to find ways to improve their teaching practice. My mission is twofold: to provide answers to the questions that new teachers didn’t even know they needed to ask and to introduce perspectives that seasoned teachers may not have thought of or are grappling with.
Teaching is overwhelmingly stressful and paradoxically joyful. When new teachers arrive, they come nervous, eager, optimistic, and determined. Veteran teachers become burnt out and overwhelmed by the increasing changes and burdensome expectations. It doesn’t take long before they all put their faces in their hands and scream WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO!
It doesn’t have to be that way!
With the right guidance and support, and with useful and actionable advice, teaching can be about thriving rather than surviving.
Kim has guided me throughout the beginning teacher process, given me sage advice, and has helped navigate the day to day process of teaching in general. She is always willing to reach out whenever I need help.
I felt that Kim was the most influential with my overall confidence by sharing her 16-year tenured wisdom. As a new teacher, I often lack the confidence in my lessons and/or approach to new situations that are continually being presented.
Teachers often joke and say that students smell fear and lack of confidence. There is a hint of truth in that: students will try to get away will test teachers. Being confident while teaching (I believe) is a key ingredient to a successful classroom. It is because of Kim’s help that I have made progress to make that possible.” -David
She takes pride in the work she does not only in her classroom, but goes above and beyond to share her experience with other staff.
I came to her with fear and trepidation to get advice about standards-based grading. She was quick to respond and offered to come to my classroom. Kim patiently answered all of my questions and gave me peace of mind to just give it a try and fix things as I went along. She admitted that even experts like her were still learning and adjusting.
Kim convinced me to take the leap of faith and that it was all going to be ok.” -Susan
For 16 years I’ve taught middle school and loved every minute of it. No, I’m not lying – I LOVE teaching middle school. I love the structured chaos of the middle school mind, the challenges of teaching kids at such a pivotal and awkward age, and the satisfaction of being a part of their journey toward independence. I’m CONSTANTLY searching for new ways to engage them, to keep them curious, and to help build a foundation for a love of learning. If you’re here, I’m sure you’re doing this too!
While I teach English Language Arts, I can assure you that much of what I share here can be applied to just about any content area. Let’s face it – good teaching is good teaching regardless of the subject. I have many questions and while I don’t have all of the answers, my strength is my burning desire to find them and share them with my colleagues around the world. Inspiration has no boundaries, and some of my biggest AHA moments came from elementary, science, and physical education teachers!
Whether it’s integrating educational technology, standards-based grading, literacy, or being a teacherpreneur, my razor-sharp focus is to help teachers find solutions to their conundrums in teaching.
One of the biggest struggles for teachers – new and seasoned – is classroom management. Therefore, I invite you to download my FREE Classroom Management Resource Guide by clicking on the below. In addition, I’ll send you a link to my growing library of downloads and resources, as well as other freebies and resources throughout the year to help you with your teaching.
Let’s do this! We’re better together!
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