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Challenge Yourself – Episode 033

Summer Is HERE! (for most of us anyways) While it’s a great time to relax, sleep in, walk around in your pajamas all day, and go full slob… it is an opportunity for two things which we should not take lightly and we should appreciate. Opportunity To Recharge Without question; teachers need the summer off. Above […]

Cash Out Kids – Episode 031

As we approach the end of the school year, as the state tests are distributed, and as we slowly wind down to the end of school, it is very easy for all of us (teachers included) to loose sight of the fact that… school isn’t over!   Yet, around this time, we start to see […]

Emotional Fitness: Why I make friends with the roughest kid in class – Episode 030

There is no doubt that the hardest part of teaching is the emotional labor we perform, day in and day out. That is, the lifting of our students spirits, keeping a straight face when they do something bad, even though it was really really funny. Doing our best to not get visibly angry and frustrated […]

Why All Teachers Should Make at Least 90k/year: Emotional Labor – Episode 029

Emotional labor is an invisible but powerful force that is felt but unseen to the inexperienced eye. It’s why moms are so good at making you feel better without applying medicine, and why it doesn’t bother you that you scraped your knee with dad, because you had such a great time (which mom cleaned and […]

Ep 28: The Conversation – PART III

In this 3rd part of The Conversation Series, I wrap up what I believe is the conversation we should be having right now regarding education. Recent tragedies have shed a new light upon the fact that the educational system is failing our students. We can no longer sit back and wait for lawmakers, researchers, or […]

Ep 27: The Conversation – PART TWO

In part two of the conversation, we discuss our students and take a macroscopic snapshot of where they are and what they are going through. They are facing different pressures than before, and because of that, our students have different needs There is no sense in trying to judge the merits of these needs; it […]

Ep 26: The Conversation – Part 1

The role of the classroom, and school, has changed dramatically in our society. What is the NEW role of the classroom, and the school, in our NEW reality, and in the future? Before information was so freely accessible, the school house was one of the very few places one could have access to information (someone […]

Random Acts of Kindness – Episode 025

This is Random Acts of Kindness Week! I hope you take it upon yourself to be kind to yourself FIRST… But also to be kind to your fellow TEACHERS! And most important, showing and modeling kindness towards and for your STUDENTS!   It is the most important lesson you could ever TEACH!

A Safe Haven – Episode 024

There was a picture I recently saw showing a real life cowboy The Manliest of Men His physical exterior (I would imagine) matched his mental and emotional interior No doubt that man was a man or resilience and strength. We want our kids to be resilient, to be tough, to be “tough enough” We feel […]