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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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Getting Organized for Back to School

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Sep 3, 2019

Happy back to school! I have no idea where summer went and why it keeps getting shorter every year. Yet, here we are—back to another school year and ready to change the world one student at a time. But before we can successfully do this, we’ve got to get organized!

I recently read a great quote by Christina Scalise. She said, “Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” The start of the school year can be stressful and overwhelming, so here are a few tips to help you ease into your year and improve your quality of life.

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Topics: back to school

Arts Integration in the Classroom

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Who doesn’t love the arts? We listen to music during our free time, go dancing, and watch live performances, among other things! This past week, I went to an arts symposium, where I learned a lot about integrating the arts into the classroom.

Here are several takeaways I wanted to share with my fellow educators:

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, tips for teachers

Becoming Trauma Informed

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Jul 24, 2019

In the world of education, the terms trauma informed, trauma sensitive, and trauma invested have come to the forefront. While all these terms are very similar in nature, the importance of learning and understanding trauma is key to the success of our students. Google defines trauma as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.” When this type of experience happens to a child, it can affect brain development, which can impede learning as well as mental and physical health.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

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

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