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Join USOE and Utah State University  June 21-23, 2016 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton Utah. Pre-Conference Meetings for District and Transitions Meetings will be held June 21, also at the Davis Conference Center. As with the very successful 2014 and 2015 Conferences, this year’s program again features an amazing array of professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities.

UMTSS 2016 will host Concurrent Sessions on:

  • Leadership
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Behavior and Positive Behavior Supports
  • Transition to Career Pathways
  • Educating English Learners
  • Special Education
  • Effective Instruction
  • Tiered Intervention
  • Assessment
  • Many Other Topics

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The return to work after an extended break is often accompanied with a mix of emotions.  During the time off, many remember that they enjoy spending time with family and friends.  In fact, the time of rediscovery is something more veteran teachers eagerly anticipate and plan for.  Looking forward to time off is nice.  The return to work/reality is not always as eagerly anticipated.  However, the question that must be raised is whether there could be another way.  Is there a way to enjoy life between the breaks?  Is it necessary to put family and self interests on hold with each return to work?  This is a problem that many new educators struggle to solve.  Striking an acceptable balance between work, home, and self interests is a tricky one.  One source suggests that there are some steps that teachers can take to more easily arrive at a sort of equilibrium of work and personal life.  Additionally, Andy Puddicombe makes a compelling case for regularly doing nothing.


  • Work smarter, not harder

  • Make friends

  • Give yourself a break

  • Invest in your development

  • Celebrate accomplishments


  • Draw a line between work and home

  • Cultivate a life outside the classroom

  • Schedule a time to do nothing

  • Get your ZZZZs

  • Practice reflective writing

As educators, we all have worked hard to get to where we are today. We are all concerned about the future and what our place will be in that future. Here are a few suggestions of behaviors that we can use to demonstrate that we are professional and want to be taken seriously in our jobs.

  • Always be on time to school, to extracurricular duties, to meetings, and to class.
  • Dress in a professional manner.
  • Follow school rules, policies, and directions from supervisors. If you disagree with a rule, follow the proper channels to change it.
  • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content you teach.
  • Actively seek to learn more about current best teaching practices in our field..
  • Convey your pride in your profession and your interest in being the best teacher that you can be.
  • As a new teacher, be appreciative of your colleagues’ experience and expertise.
  • Be flexible when your plans don’t work out or when interruptions disrupt a lesson.
  • Resist the urge to complain. Remaining cheerful under stress is an invaluable workplace skill.
  • Remember to laugh every day. Laughing really does make the day go by faster.


If you are looking for something to do next we have an idea for you.  The 2015 UEA Convention & Education Exposition is Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, at the South Towne Expo Center. This convention features professional development for K-12 educators, keynote speakers, a New Educators’ Workshop and hundreds of vendor booths.

Listed below are a few suggestions to demonstrate that we are professionals:

  • Be on time
  • Dress in a professional manner
  • Follow rules, policies, and directions
  • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content you teach.
  • Learn more about current best teaching practices
  • Be organized and efficient
  • As a new teacher, be appreciative of your colleagues’ experience and expertise
  • As a veteran teacher, realize the new and fresh ideas that new teachers bring to the profession and incorporate them into your teaching practice
  • Use school resources wisely
  • Be flexible
  • Resist the urge to complain.
  • Remember to laugh every day