My mission and the reason for this blog is to share practical tips and advice with other English teachers, especially new English teachers. I want to help other English teachers make their jobs easier and their teaching better.
To make your life as an English teacher easier, I write about:
- Classroom management
- Time management
- Lesson planning and teaching techniques
- Teaching reading and writing
- Motivation and inspiration
- Books and ideas that work
In my weekly email updates, I promise not to waste your time with psychobabble, buzzwords, or abstract theorizing–I’ll leave that for the professors in teachers’ colleges. I promise to only share tips and tricks from the trenches– stuff I’ve researched, tried out, and tested.
With each post I write, I hope that you become a better, saner, and happier English teacher.
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I am an avid researcher and reader, and with ever book I read about teaching over the years, I have become a better teacher and person.
You should know that only a few years ago, I seriously considered leaving teaching. Today, I am happy I stayed. My hope and prayer is that you remain an English teacher and even begin to love what you do.
My most popular posts:
- You’re Not “Just” a Teacher: Self-Respect for Teachers 101
- 14 Tips for Surviving the First Year of Teaching– A Letter to My First Year Teacher Self
- Please, Please, Please, for the love of God– Dare to Be a Strict Teacher
- 7 Tips for Beating End-Of-Year Teacher Burnout
- Stop Stressing About Teaching–It’s Never Worth It
- 13 Incredibly Useful Websites for Teachers of English
- 5 Simple Ways to Increase Academic Expectations in Your Classroom
- Why I’m a Teacher
Join me in my mission to make teaching English a joy.
About Patricia Sacawa
I have been a teacher for the past five years and a private tutor for the past ten. My experience ranges from teaching in private schools to public ones; teaching overseas to teaching in Canada; teaching grade eight students to teaching adults; teaching disrespectful students to teaching angels I wish I could adopt. The only constant through my teaching experiences has been my growing bookshelf of books– books about teaching or about life that I apply to my teaching.
When I read, I aim to better myself, make my life easier, help others do the same. I don’t have time for vague talk, fake talk, loose talk. This is what this blog is about. I want to talk about things that matter to us teachers. So, it’s not “education buzzwords talk.” I named my blog “blackboard talk.”
This blog is about the basics. You, the blackboard, the kids. The basics. No nonsense.
Thanks for stopping by.