• March Mentor of the Month

    New Teacher Academy would like to congratulate Ms. Teresa Pena. She has been the campus curriculum coach at East Montana Middle School for the last four years, and was a participant of NTC’s Cohort 1. Her growth is especially evident in the way that she has helped to transform the PLCs at her campus: she notes that “the conversations are getting richer every year.” Her 13 years of experience as a dedicated educator manifests in her ability to give productive feedback to her teachers. Her hard work and dedication to her campus is apparent as her NTC minutes are consistent and admirable. For these and many other reasons, Ms. Pena is named as March’s Mentor of the Month. “I really enjoy working with teachers, doing the one on one.” Teresa Pena

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  • 8 Rules for Making the Right Decisions

    Never underestimate the impact a single decision can have: one wrong move can ruin a relationship, a career, a life, etc. We must choose wisely to generate joy in our lives. But when the road forks, confusion suddenly sets in. It's normal to feel bewildered when different options present different pros and cons. As we advance down the path of life, sudden shifts require our attention and quick thinking: Should I give this person another chance? Should I take this job opportunity? Should I invest in a new home? And under the pressure of making the correct choice, all or none of our choices may even seem right. Where, then, do we turn for guidance?

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  • 5 Things You Need to Do Before Testing Begins

    As much as I love the Spring Time, I hate the fact that it’s also a reminder that state testing is right around the corner. Unfortunately, it’s not something that we can really escape! If so, I think we’d all be on that train #canIgetanAmen… What we CAN do, is make sure that we’re prepared for the BIG DAY so that it’s as stress-free as possible!

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  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    One day, in front 36 riotous sophomores, I clutched my chest and dropped to my knees like Sergeant Elias at the end of Platoon. Instantly, dead silence and open mouths replaced classroom chaos. Standing up like nothing had happened, I said, “Thanks for your attention––let’s talk about love poems.” I never used that stunt again. After all, should a real emergency occur, it would be better if students call 911 rather than post my motionless body on YouTube. I’ve thought this through.

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  • 5 Strategies to Help Boost Your Students' Self-Esteem and Confidence in the Classroom

    For some of your students, self-confidence in the classroom comes naturally. They tackle new materials head on and know how to get their points across. For your less-confident students, the day-to-day requirements of school can cause anxiety and frustration. They may question their abilities and struggle with the stress of balancing it all. As a teacher, you have the opportunity to positively influence your students and encourage them to feel proud of their abilities and accomplishments.

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  • February Mentor of the Month

    Innovating and inspiring, Crystal Fuentes has taken on the role of mentor with the same enthusiasm she has for instructional technology. As an instructional coordinator, Crystal’s projects include demystifying Nearpod, setting up and hosting robotics competitions, and providing professional development in all areas of instructional technology, from PreK-12th grade. Her zeal for helping others has transcended her role as coordinator, and she has quickly become an amazing coach and mentor. Utilizing the New Teacher Center high-leverage tools, Crystal has ensured that her time spent with Pathway teachers will move their teaching practice forward. For this, and many other reasons, Crystal Fuentes is February’s Mentor of the Month.

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  • STRESS!

    It’s not unusual for first-year teachers to actually make themselves sick from stress and long hours. Their classroom lights are still burning at 9 p.m., as they work on the next day’s activities, and their eyes are still shining at 3 a.m., as they run through state standards in their mind.

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  • Personal Learning Network (PLN) Benefits, Tools, and Tactics

    A personal learning network (PLN) is a group of colleagues, mentors, and professionals that you connect with to enhance your learning and take charge of your own professional development. It's a global, online community that allows you to tap into a broad wealth of knowledge and focus on what you consider most important to your learning. PLNs are especially valuable, as new information and ideas are changing the world at a much faster pace than ever before.

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  • How To Repair A Broken Relationship With Your Students

    You smile sweetly and bid your students goodbye as they file out of the room. But it’s clear something in them has changed—like an innocence lost or a disappointment found. They leave without looking back. You close the door and lock it. You find your way to your desk and slump into your chair. You cradle your head in your hands. What have I done? Did I just ruin everything? Breaking your students’ trust and damaging the rapport you’ve worked so hard to establish may indeed feel like the end of the world. But students are remarkably forgiving. And with the right approach, you can always draw them back into your circle of influence.

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  • Giving Student Feedback: 20 Tips To Do It Right

    So what exactly is feedback? Feedback is any response from a teacher in regard to a student’s performance or behavior. It can be verbal, written or gestural. The purpose of feedback in the learning process is to improve a student’s performance- definitely not put a damper on it. The ultimate goal of feedback is to provide students with an “I can do this” attitude.

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  • January Mentor of the Month

    David Garcia came to Clint ISD in the summer of 2019. His continuous dedication to the teachers of Horizon High School is evident in his willingness to attend and schedule all training and coaching sessions without hesitation. His demeanor and professionalism encourages those who work with him to look for pathways to grow in their profession. Mr. Garcia’s tool usage will expose educators to reach for their highest potential and master the art of teaching by understanding the importance of unpacking the TEKS, creating lessons that reflect those standards, and ultimately, making sure that the student activities will allow them to learn the skills. For these and many more reasons, Mr. Garcia is chosen as January’s Mentor of the Month.

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  • 5 Tips to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

    Balancing my career as a teacher and my life as a wife and mother hasn’t always been easy. As most teachers know, taking work home is a common practice. Answering parent emails on the weekend, grading papers at night, and lesson planning in the early morning hours are things most teachers can admit to. Sometimes, taking work home with you is inevitable. However, it’s important to maintain a healthy balance between all that work and your personal life.

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  • December Mentor of the Month

    Ruben Castillo joined the Clint Family on July 9, 2019. As a new member of DHE, he has shown great dedication and perseverance in working with his pathway teachers. His enthusiasm shines through. During infield coaching, Ruben’s coaching style exuded passion as was evident in his patience and knowledge of how to guide a teacher through the intricacies of a standard. For these and many other reasons, Mr. Ruben Castillo was selected as December’s Mentor of the Month.

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  • Meeting Teachers Where They Are: Maslow Before Bloom

    If it is true that Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs comes before Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives when discussing students and their growth in a classroom, isn’t the same true for coaching teachers? We talk about growing teachers professionally, but have we taken the time to get to know them personally? Can we help them grow without first building trust? And are we truly building trust with adults when we don’t know whether or not they feel safe? Do they feel supported? Do they feel protected?

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