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Do you make a lot of calls home? How much slack do you cut a student before you get parents involved?

How many hours of work do you typically bring home with you per week. I'd love it to be ZERO but I'm thinking for now 2 max is a good rule to set.

What are some tips for juggling returning to school while still working? I am worried it will be overwhelming & too much.

Do you feel like your department head does a good job of leading & being a helpful resource to you & other teachers?

How close does a term grade have to be to the next for you to round up?

How tidy are the cabinets in your classroom? If you're super organized what system is working for you?

If you could have an unlimited supply of any classroom item what would it be?

Anyone have a standing desk? Are you able to stay on your feet all day or am I being over ambitious?

Does your school do homeroom in the morning still? Do you think it's useful?

Where do you go for lesson plan inspiration?

What's your go-to morning coffee order/recipe?

How long is your lunch break?

The best investment I've made as a teacher is ____________

I wish our school had a more robust arts program. What has your school done to grow funding/support for the arts?

Are parents and volutneers currently allowed in your building?

Do you eat school lunch or pack a lunch?

How many minutes of recess do your students get everday?

What is your favorite app to keep in touch with parents? Remind, Bloomz, etc?

Do you have ESL paras available to your classrooms? Which languages?

What morning routines are essential for you to get motivated & centered for the day ahead?

Has anyone put a phone charging station in their room so students leave their phones there & aren't on them. I'm thinking one of those shoe holders with numbered pockets. Let me know if yo… more

Does your school offer students volunteer opportunies around the community? I want to help my students connect & give back to those around them but am not quite sure where to start.

Every year it seems like our February or April breaks are on the verge of being cancelled! Does your district have these?

Favorite song of all time? GO! Mine is I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen!

Are there any *influencer* teachers on instagram that you love to follow? Share their account!

Do you have a reward system you utilize? How does it work?

What tricks have helped you reduce the amount of work you bring home?

What's been the best part of getting back in the classroom this year?

Are there teachers around you refusing to wear masks even if it's mandatory? How is this being handled?

If you could change any policy at your school what would it be?

Teachers who work a second job: is your employer understanding when anything school related gets in the way?

My school has a high ESL population without a lot of training for teachers outside of that program. How can I best help my students who are still learning English?

How does where you live influence your teaching techniques & experiences?

What instructional strategies do you find best help your students understand and retain a lesson?

How often do you get observed by administration or lead teachers?

If you could live anywhere where would it be?

What would your ideal start & end time be?

What's the hall monitoring system at your school like?

Anyone else still have chalk boards in their classroom? What are you best cleaning tricks?


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