How to Build Work Relationships as an Introvert

Extroverts and introverts often handle the demands of teaching very differently. One expectation for teachers is that they will interact and engage with students all day long. Extroverts tend to perceive this situation as very socially isolating because they are interacting with children, but not other adults. This isolation can lead many extroverted teachers to reach out during natural breaks in the day to intentionally build relationships with other staff members. Introverts can mistakingly perceive these extroverted behaviors as or pushy, demanding, or even rude.

In contrast, the constant interaction with students can lead introverted teachers to feel tired and in much need of down time to recharge. Introverts often prefer to spend their lunches or other natural breaks in the day alone so they are recharged for the rest of the day. As a result, many introverted teachers can struggle to build relationships with other staff members, being perceived by extroverts as shy, aloof, or even snobby. This post will share strategies for introverted teachers to help build relationships at work while still maintaining your sanity.

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How to Build Relationships with Difficult Parents

Do you need help building relationships with difficult parents? 

The truth is, building quality relationships with parents can be HARD. Pinterest is ready to come to the rescue, but communicating with parents doesn't always come easy. Sometimes it is a laborious and time-consuming process that leaves teachers feeling powerless, defeated, and overwhelmed. We can have great relationships with 99% of our students' families, but it just takes one difficult parent to leave us feeling like failures. So what can we do when we are having a hard time building positive relationships with parents? 

Building quality relationships with parents can be hard. We might have great relationships with almost all of our students' families, but it takes just one difficult parent to leave us feeling like failures. This post is full of real, actionable strategies to help teachers when they are facing challenges with parent communication. // Adventures of a Schoolmarm


The point of this post is not to stereotype or blame parents, but rather, to provide real, actionable strategies that will help teachers when they are facing the challenges that come with parent communication. 
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How to Help Students Build Lasting Friendships in Class

Do you need ideas to help students build relationships
with the other students in your classroom? 

We all want to belong. Psychologists have shown that it is actually part of our DNA.  It doesn't matter if we are introverts or extroverts - we all want to feel accepted by our peers and a part of something larger than ourselves. As teachers, we play a huge role in helping our students learn how to affiliate with their peers and establish friendships in a healthy way. Students building friendships with one another doesn't always come naturally, so teachers need to facilitate teambuilding and classbuilding experiences in order to help them along the way. 





Developing positive relationships between the students in your classroom is a crucial part of building a positive classroom environment, but it may seem a little overwhelming to know how to get started.  Follow these guidelines to encourage healthy friendships to blossom between your students!

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Custom Desktop Organizer Slideshow Tutorial

Are you tired of having the same desktop organizer on your computer for too long? Use this tutorial to create a custom wallpaper slideshow that will automatically cycle through all of your favorite photos.

Are you tired of having the same desktop organizer on your computer for too long? Use this tutorial to create a custom wallpaper slideshow that will automatically cycle through all of your favorite photos.


I love to keep my desktop organized using meaningful personal photos with a bonus feature - I add labeled boxes right on top to give everything on my desktop a place! There are different ways to create a computer desktop organizer, but I do so using the program PowerPoint. To learn how, check out my post on Classroom Tested Resources today titled DIY Personalized Photo Desktop Organizer... then hop back over here so I can show you how to use that method to create scrolling wallpaper.

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Teaching Curriculum with Fidelity

Are you overwhelmed by your curriculum?

Navigating a district's purchased curriculum can be overwhelming for even the most veteran of teachers, but it is especially stressful for new teachers. Perhaps it is your first year teaching or your first year in a new district. Getting to know the curriculum resources can feel like a major hurdle to cross, especially when you are told that you have to teach that curriculum with fidelity.  
Navigating a district's purchased curriculum can be overwhelming for even the most veteran of teachers, but it is especially stressful for new teachers. Perhaps it is your first year teaching or your first year in a new district. These strategies will help you not feel so overwhelmed! // Adventures of a Schoolmarm


As we continue our series specifically for new(er) teachers, Tonja and I want to share strategies to help you navigate the curriculum in your district. I will be sharing specific strategies for when you are required to teach the purchased curriculum from your district with fidelity, while Tonja will share strategies for when you have a little more freedom regarding the curriculum. These strategies will be especially helpful to you as you prepare for the school year, no matter what your situation may be.
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