One time when my son was little, I was reading him a story when he asked if we could “pause” the book so he could use the bathroom. At the time, I thought it was cute, and also that perhaps I’d been letting him play too many video games. But now I think it is kind of cool. He wanted to pause the activity so
Every so often I hear an educator angrily dismiss the entire self-care movement because it is being presented as the easy, enjoyable, and seemingly magical solution for the giant problem of how our educational system treats its teachers. ~~Feeling stressed? Take a hot bath and you will feel instantly calm and relaxed. Bonus points for including scented candles! ~~Not enough time with your family? Just
Way back in 2012, long before the word “pandemic” was a household word, I asked the following question on my Facebook page: Would you advise a young person considering a career in teaching to forge ahead or choose a different path? The responses were heartbreaking and sadly predictable. Many teachers talked about how they love the kids and love teaching, but that the profession has
Picture what happens when you say those words that every kid in your class longs to hear: Free Time! Most likely, your students immediately engage in their favorite activities. Some color or draw, some chat with their friends, others play games, a few might get out the book they are reading and curl up in a quiet corner. Here is what they don’t do: They
Big Goals are soooooo seductive. You can see your Big Goal out in the distance and it just looks so good. you can picture how incredibly amazing your life would be if you could just reach that Big Goal. So, in order to reach that Big Goal in the fasted, most efficient way possible, you make Big, Sweeping Life Changes. Want to lose 50 pounds?
Your nearly empty plan book is open in front of you. Next to that is a stack of papers to correct. Your email is overflowing with unanswered emails, and report cards, which you have barely started, are due at the end of the week. On top of that, you are responsible for ordering new science materials for your grade level and you haven’t even started
Does this sound familiar? You have had a long and stressful day at school. The kids were bouncing off the walls, a lesson you had spent a lot of time planning and had been excited about completely flopped, there were tons of tech glitches with the Chromebooks, and you had to attend a mostly useless staff meeting after school that ran way too long. Your