Do any of these sound like you?
- You are (or want to be) “that teacher” – the one that the parents AND the students hope they get each year.
- You constantly feel like there is more on your plate…and you need more hours in the day.
- You feel guilty because you’re constantly having to choose between your classroom needs and your family life.
You’re not alone!
I’ve been in your shoes.
I’m Rebecca Davies – the face behind the screen here at The Third Wheel Teacher.
I am passionate about creating an engaging classroom that challenges and supports all learners while still having the time and energy to give my own children the love and attention they need.
I’ve been in the guilt spiral that many of you are probably experiencing trying to balance the needs of your classroom and family during my decade as a classroom teacher and instructional coach.
I know the frustration you feel trying to create and prep engaging, differentiated lessons to meet the needs of the diverse learners in your classroom while still having the time (and energy) to make dinner, attend dance recitals and baseball games, and be an active part of your own family.
I also know the joy you experience when you really reach a student…and that is what makes the struggle for balance worth it.
Balancing teaching and parenthood is tough.
I know the pressures of supporting your struggling students to fill gaps and help them get back on track and love learning while keeping your advanced learners engaged and challenged while managing ALL.THE.THINGS…
all those phone calls,
and tons of other non-teaching stuff that comes with life in the classroom.
I’m here to help.
I started this site to share my experiences and research-based best practices in education to help you create the classroom of your dreams without sacrificing the family life you want.
My goal is to provide you with the tips and resources to help you engage, support, and challenge your students so you can have the time and energy to play at the park with your kids before dinner.
We’re in this together!
I am excited to share what’s worked for me in the classroom (and some things that have gone hilariously wrong).
If you’re ready to find more balance between work and home without sacrificing the teacher you want to be, check out The Third Wheel Teacher store to find lesson plans and classroom resources that are:
- Engaging & fun for students
- Easy to prep & use
- Differentiated to support all learners
- Skill & standards-based for long-term student success
So who am I?
I am a teacher, a mom, a wife, a friend. I’m probably a lot like you. Trying to juggle all the hats I wear each day.
I started teaching long before I ever had a family. I was able to devote hours each night and most of my weekends prepping and planning. I spent countless hours creating lesson plans, reworking seating charts and small groups, and creating Pinterest-worthy anchor charts.
Then life changed.
I got married.
I had a baby…then another…and another.
Quite honestly, I didn’t plan to be here.
I am so excited you are here!
While The Third Wheel began as my way to connect/vent/commiserate) with other teachers going through the same struggles I was facing as a beginning teacher, these days it is my way of sharing the tidbits and tools that I have found to make balancing my work and home life a little easier. I like to think that I am tagging along on your classroom adventures when you use my resources.