What to do when your students ask, “Why Am I Learning This?” – Episode 008

What to do when your students ask, “Why Am I Learning This?” – Episode 008

“Why Am I Learning This?” It’s an all too common question asked in the classroom. When will I ever use _____ BLANK? I’m not going to be a _____BLANK, why should I learn this? I’m not going to college, so I don’t need this. It is a teacher’s kryptonite to hear these words as it …

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Failure Is Not An Option – Episode 007

Failure Is Not An Option – Episode 007

Failure Is Not An Option There are so many life lessons around failure, and as a teacher, you will have to deal with it often, especially if your in your first three years of teaching, because you will absolutely mess some things up, but its ok, as we will learn today! Its is an emotional …

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Three Strikes – Episode 006

Three Strikes – Episode 006

Three strikes… There was a young lady that I met during our meet the teacher night recently; a student of the highest caliber that not only exemplifies what a student should be, she also possessed a delightful personality and disposition. As I began to speak with her parents, I could see the same excitement and …

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The Mission – Episode 005

The Mission – Episode 005

The Mission I remember the little school house in East Texas arboretum, a replica of an early Texas school house; chairs are all lined up perfectly, with old books that talk about agricultural measurements and calculations. There’s quite a bit of mathematical calculations that were needed back in rural communities and for many who continue …

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Learning To Be Vulnerable – Episode 004

Learning To Be Vulnerable – Episode 004

This weeks episode was inspired by two different situations: the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and a podcast from the show Invisibilia  (click on the link below to listen to the podcast) NPR: Invisibilia – The New Norm In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people from across the country and in Houston have been responding …

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The Great American Eclipse – Episode 003

The Great American Eclipse – Episode 003

As the United States enjoyed a rare event this week and thousands if not millions of people stood outside during their working hours to experience the Great American Eclipse, I couldn’t help but notice and feel the immense weight of that moment. It was the realization of the power of shared experiences, which can bring …

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About That Pencil… – Episode 002

About That Pencil… – Episode 002

As an educator, we have all encountered that one child… who forgot to bring his/her pencil to class… For some, this is the BANE of their existence… How can a parent allow their child to come to school unprepared! What if there was another way… a NEW way of looking at this situation What if …

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Moana, Perspective, and Relationships – Episode 001

Moana, Perspective, and Relationships – Episode 001

Welcome to Seal It With A Smile! So glad you could join me on what will be a very long conversation on how we can add value to our roles as educators. The world is changing at a rapid rate and knowledge is everywhere. So what role do teachers (educators) have in a world where …

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