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    Nina Tinsley
    Aug 16 th, 2017
    Classroom Culture - Teacher Resources No Comments

    How a Bunch of Letters Revolutionized My Classroom

    In my second year of teaching, I implemented something in my classroom that was an absolute game-changer.  In my first year of teaching, I knew the kind of teacher I wanted to be and how critical building relationships with my students was to achieving that goal.  But by my second year, I also knew how hard […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Aug 13 th, 2017
    Guest Post - Teacher Impact 4 Comments

    Eight Years Later: Why I Still Teach

    When I was 21 years old, I had the great fortune & honor to teach a group of men at a minimum security prison outside of Madison, WI. Largely made up of men on their way out of the confines of prison, the course was focused on giving them coping skills and strategies to deal […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Jun 29 th, 2017
    Guest Post - Leadership No Comments

    Our Students Need Access to Diverse Role Models

    Growing up, my parents constantly told me that I needed to work hard in school so that I could go to college.  I knew what college was in the theoretical sense – a place you go to study after high school so you can get a better job – but didn’t know much else about […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Jun 16 th, 2017
    Guest Post - Leadership 1 Comment

    Diversity in Leadership Matters: Childhood Lessons

    We absolutely need diversity in leadership. Recruitment and cultivation of these leaders should be a priority for organizations that don’t already have it. Over the next few weeks, I plan on sharing stories, examples, and lessons from my own life that have illustrated the importance of having a diverse leadership in an organization. While I […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Jun 9 th, 2017
    Guest Post - Teacher Impact No Comments

    We Say, “Thank you!”

    For the numerous nights you spend awake, late, perfecting tomorrow’s lesson plan We say, “Thank you!” For the cancelled personal engagements just to be present at basketball, soccer, and volleyball games We say, Thank you!” For believing in children, even when they don’t believe in themselves We say, “Thank you!” For the countless dollars you […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Apr 20 th, 2017
    Job Applications - Quick Tips - Teacher Resources No Comments

    Four Essential Questions Every Teacher Should Ask in an Interview

    This time of year brings state testing, end of the year awards, report cards, student events, and closing up your classroom for the summer. It also means a new contract offer is potentially in the works, and many teachers are thinking about what’s next. Some know right away that their current situation needs to change. […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Mar 27 th, 2017
    Teaching Resources No Comments

    “I’m Done!”: What To Do with Students Who Finish Testing Early

    With state testing quickly approaching, the last thing on teachers’ minds is what to do with students who finish their tests before the rest of the class.  I so clearly remember the octopus-arm skills required of me during the last 40 minutes of a testing block: take three students’ tests at once, sign another one out to the […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Feb 28 th, 2017
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    Real Talk: My First Year of Teaching & the Fix that Got Me Through

    I learned a lot my first year of teaching.  I was fresh out of college, had very little teaching experience and wanted so, so badly to have the kind of impact on my students that my teachers had on me.  I had lofty visions of my well-organized, fish-themed classroom (I naively thought that all great […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Jan 27 th, 2017
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    Quick Tips: Ways for Teachers to Recharge and Revitalize

    Use music in the classroom. Find ways to include some of your favorite music in class.  You can play a song during transitions and let it double as a motivating timer for students, play acoustic versions of your favorites during work time, or include the songs themselves as part of a relevant mini-lesson. Smell some essential […]

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    Nina Tinsley
    Jan 23 rd, 2017
    Personal - Teacher Impact No Comments

    Beyond the Walls of the Classroom

    As a former teacher, I’ve always been aware of the awesome academic responsibilities teachers have to their students and students’ families.  I even know what a positive and important impact a teacher can have outside the scope of academics.  However, my own son recently started preschool, and the enormity of sending him off to the […]

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