Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts articles, resources, and more we found in January!

1. New Year Resolution: Trim the Fat on Your Lessons

As a teacher, habits can be comforting and convenient, but sometimes, sticking with the same routine can do more harm than good. At her blog, Caitlin Tucker presents several ways to simplify five common classroom procedures in order to maximize your time spent working directly with students.

2. How to Create and Publish Multimedia Collages

Do your students use Canva in the classroom? If not, we highly recommend it! This robust web-based design tool now offers a free version available for teachers and students. Richard Byrne, educator and founder of Free Technology for Teachers, demonstrates some of the ways your students can show off their creative work in his video tutorial on building multimedia collages in Canva.

3. A New Year Gift for You, Teacher Friend!

Speaking of free resources, Laura Randazzo recently posted a brand new literature worksheet on her blog, available at no cost to you. This printable resource presents twelve Common Core-aligned questions and activities designed to get students thinking critically after they’ve finished reading a book chapter, short story, or other reading assignment.

4. To Manage Stress, Teachers Need to Prioritize Themselves. Start With Self-Care.

After a frightening medical emergency, Chrissy Romano-Arrabito realized just how destructive teacher burnout can be. This year, avoid falling into the cycle of stress by taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Chrissy’s article on EdSurge walks you through the strategy she developed to help combat stress and make self-care of utmost importance.

5. Students Are Opportunities Not Obligations With Hamish Brewer

In this inspiring episode of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast, Vicki Davis interviews Hamish Brewer, a school principal and motivational speaker. Take a break—self-care, anyone?—and listen to what Hamish has to say about the importance of making a positive impact on students’ lives.