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Kristy Nerstheimer

Kristy Nerstheimer is an elementary teacher in Overland Park, Kansas. She has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years and has a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Kristy lives in Overland Park with her husband, 2 kids, a dog, a cat, and two rabbits.

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The Summer Slide: Teacher Edition

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Jun 5, 2019

You have no doubt let your parents know about the dreaded summer slide: That time when students can lose progress during the summer months. And I'm sure you have also let them know the importance of practicing those skills over the summer so students can start off the new school year ready and raring to go. 

But what about us teachers? What should we make sure doesn’t take the proverbial slide over the break? And are there some things we should let slide away into the summer abyss?

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, Training, tips for teachers

End of Year Deep Thoughts: Why I Love Teaching

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, May 22, 2019

As we count down the final days of school, I always like to stop and reflect. Yes, I am tired and probably looking a little haggard, but I really love my job. And I’m not just saying that because June and July are right around the corner!

Teaching truly is a wonderful profession, and here’s why (in case you need reminding!): 

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Topics: tips for teachers

Preparing Students for Our Diverse World With an All-School Culture Night

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Thu, May 2, 2019

Diversity continues to increase in public schools nationwide. One in four school children are listed as a first- or second-generation immigrant in the US, and 350 languages are spoken in homes across our nation. It is so important to teach tolerance, empathy, and acceptance to prepare students for a diverse world.

One excellent way to do this is to expose your students to a variety of cultures. This year, I spearheaded our first Culture Night. Our school population includes many different cultures, and we really wanted to build community and appreciation with our families.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Effective Assessments in the Classroom

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Apr 3, 2019

I see your eyes rolling right now as you look at this title. I know what you are thinking: Too many tests! I agree that there is too much testing in our schools, but assessments don’t have to always come in the form of paper and pencil.

As educators, we have a curriculum to teach and standards students need to master—assessments are a necessary part of the process. Depending on what grade level you teach and the district in which you work, standardized and common assessments might be a mandated part of your students’ experience. Just grin and bear it, people. It is part of the job!

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Topics: classroom assessment

What Makes a School Great?

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Thu, Mar 21, 2019

I have been thinking about this question a lot lately. I’ve taught for over 20 years in seven different buildings. This includes various grade levels in the elementary setting in the inner city, in military schools, in affluent schools, and somewhere in between. Over the years, I have realized a few things about what it takes to make a school great. 

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Tips for Teachers to Get Through the Winter Blues

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Here we are, smack dab in the middle of winter, where time moves at a snail’s pace and it seems like spring break will never get here. Typically, it is dark (or getting dark) on your way home and it’s cold—bitterly cold. So cold that you've probably needed to have several indoor recess days as well. I often wonder how early I can crawl into my pajamas without it being weird. I would never think of putting on pajamas at 5:00 p.m. during the summer, but it actually seems like a wonderful idea in the middle of winter.

So, how do we get through these bleak days of winter? Here are few ideas, both professionally and personally:

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Topics: tips for teachers

Recharging Your Teaching Battery

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Congratulations—the holidays are finally here! Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy some much-needed time off. And who are some of the most deserving of a holiday break? Teachers! Now is the time to recharge your batteries so you can get back to your classroom after the holiday ready to help your students succeed. 

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Topics: tips for teachers

Brain Research and Education

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

 

A lot has been written about brain research and education. It can sometimes be overwhelming to remember all the areas of the brain and their functions as well as the best ways to educate students with these functions in mind. Here is a crash course in brain development and some ways teachers can use this information to provide best practice teaching.

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Topics: education industry

Benefits of Co-Teaching

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Nov 14, 2018

Co-teaching can be a very effective way to teach students. This concept can be defined as two teachers collaborating to design, implement, and assess instruction. There are various ways to co-teach: one teaches while one observes; one teaches while one assists; parallel teaching, where the class is split into two groups and presented the same information; station teaching, where two teachers are at different stations and students move to each station for instruction; alternative teaching, where one teacher pulls a small group of students for intense instruction while the other teaches the whole group; and team teaching, where two teachers teach the same content at the same time.

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Topics: tips for teachers

The Truth About Professional Learning Communities

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Oct 9, 2018

 

Professional learning communities (PLCs) are at the forefront in education today. This initiative was brought forth after much research was done on the highest-performing schools in the lowest socioeconomic areas. The big takeaway is when school leaders and teachers implement best practice teaching for each child, overall school achievement improves. By all appearances, PLCs look like a group of grade-level teachers (or department teachers) who plan, organize, and implement a curriculum. However, effective PLCs are quite different.         

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

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