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Lessons à La Cart: Teaching Without a Classroom

Floating teachers have to be extremely organized. Learn their secrets to staying efficient and traveling light.
Published: June 19, 2020

Many teachers are already in their classrooms preparing for the school day well before the bell rings—writing assignments on the whiteboard, setting up the projector for the day’s lessons, or simply taking a few, quiet moments at their desk to catch up on paperwork. But some teachers lack these luxuries. Without a room to call their own, they share classrooms with teachers and change locations as frequently as their students, teaching instead from their trusty cart. These teachers are known as floating—or mobile—teachers.

Despite the struggles of being on the go, however, being a mobile teacher does have its benefits, the biggest of which is developing superior organizational skills that are useful whether you’re teaching from a cart or from your own room.

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