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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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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: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

Happy New School Year!

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Wasn’t it just yesterday we were putting away all of our school supplies so the janitorial staff could get into our classrooms to clean? And wasn’t it just yesterday we made a big summer to-do list? It sure seems like it. We teachers are lucky because we get to start fresh every year—a new school year in many ways is like a new calendar year!

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Topics: tips for teachers, back to school

A Different Kind of Education

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Thu, Jul 19, 2018

When I first became a teacher, I had no idea what a perk my profession would turn out to be once I became a mom. I went into teaching because I love children and couldn’t wait to educate them, but once I had children of my own, I was able to be at home with them since we share all the same breaks. Coincidentally, I am married to a fellow educator, so we have all enjoyed special family time together over the years. We decided to make these moments even more special by creating a goal of taking our daughters to all 50 states—and that’s just what we did.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Summer Recharge

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Jun 26, 2018

We made it—summer is finally here! Sometimes I feel like the Energizer Bunny throughout the year since I just keep going and going and going. While everyone is excited to have a break, it does seem like our summers keep getting shorter and shorter, so we need to make the most out of the time we have. And just like the Energizer Bunny, every battery needs a little recharging. Here are some tips to help you recharge this summer:

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Topics: tips for teachers

The Tassel Is Definitely Worth the Hassle

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Congrats, graduate—you did it! All those long nights, hard work, and blood, sweat, and tears. This is the moment you have been waiting for: College life ending and your teaching career beginning. As you get ready to enter this next phase of life, here are some tips to help you with your first year of teaching.

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Topics: education industry

De-Stress Before the Test 

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Spring is finally here! And with all the new buds and blooming flowers comes state testing. Sigh.

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Topics: tips for teachers, classroom assessment

STEAM Activities for Spring

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Now that spring has sprung, it’s the perfect time to get outside and try some fun educational activities. Science, technology, engineering, art, and math—collectively known as STEAM—are at the forefront in education today, and can sometimes be overwhelming when trying to figure out ways to implement these concepts.

But it doesn’t have to be! Here are six fun ideas for STEAM activities this spring: 

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Topics: tips for teachers, Science Lessons, STEAM, STEM

6 Ways to Increase Personalized Learning in the Classroom

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Feb 13, 2018

It’s midyear and time to really evaluate your students’ progress. What kind of growth have they made? What goals still need to be met? What about those state assessments that will be here before you know it? Here are some easy tips for increasing personalized instruction and maximizing your students’ growth: 

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Topics: Personalized Learning, curriculum, tips for teachers

Strategies for the Challenging Student

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Thu, Feb 8, 2018

The proverbial hamster wheel is a constant in a teacher’s life. We take on everything and anything that comes our way: new curriculum, standardized tests, lesson planning, paper grading, bulletin boards, classroom supplies, technology, etc. But most teachers will tell you that the absolute hardest part of teaching is a challenging student. There are varying definitions of a challenging student, such as talking incessantly, not being able to sit still, or being apathetic, unfocused, disruptive, or defiant. This year I have three—it can make for a long year, but here are some strategies that can help you with the challenging students in your classroom:

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources, Classroom Management


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