Episode #185: Andrea Bitner

Dana GoodierOut of the Trenches Podcast

Andrea Bitner is an educator, author, and speaker.  She lives on the East Coast among some of the fastest-speaking people in the country!  She has worked with students in grades K-12 through her twenty-two years in public education from all around the world.  Her work as an English Language Teacher, Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, Presenter, and High School English Teacher … Read More

Activities to Connect With Kids and Unveil Hidden Talents!

Andrea BitnerBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Often you can learn from your time away from school and discover things that would improve your skills as an educator. Consider the ways that you make children shine outside of academics. What talents do kids have that you can celebrate? Discover new ideas to celebrate kids at your school. Connect with Your Students: Seeing Someone Sparkle I visited … Read More

Connecting with Students Experiencing Summer “Loss”

Andrea BitnerBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: While many experience feelings of joy and freedom when summer arrives, other students dread it. What are ways you can maintain connections with students over the summer months? Peace Out? Maintaining Summer Connections  It was the last day of school!  As I gathered my take-home treasures and sprinted with satisfaction toward the school parking lot, I couldn’t help but … Read More

A Teacher Village: Showing Appreciation

Andrea BitnerBlog, Connect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Teacher Appreciation Week stands at a particularly tiring time of the year. “School life” is a thing. Educators: we see you, we hear you, and we love you. Teacher Appreciation Week As I write this, it’s Friday, the last day of “Teacher Appreciation Week.”  Like many of us, I am sitting down after a long journey of two-week mandated … Read More