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The What and How of Building Relationships With Other Teachers

January 10, 2022

We’ve talked about the Importance of Teacher Friends and how to Be a Good Teacher Bestie. Now let’s talk about how to start those relationships  – like, specifically – What do you say? Two years ago, I entered a new job at yet another high school. As I have changed school districts several times in…

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Finding Your Teacher Friends

December 6, 2021

The 2020-2021 school year was one of the toughest in my 13-year teaching career. It was, in fact, my last one as a full-time teacher (for now, anyway). Burnout was about as high as I’ve had it–more difficult than the year I taught 173 middle-schoolers while pregnant, more challenging than my first year teaching as…

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5 Truths About Self-Care For Teachers

September 29, 2021

As teachers, we have so much on our plates.  Between lesson planning, duties, serving on committees, meetings, teaching, phone calls to families… our day-to-day schedule at school is jam-packed.  Perhaps you are like me and have a tough time turning your teacher brain off once you are “off duty.” Teachers often hear the term “self-care”…

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The Importance of Teacher Wellness

September 28, 2021

If you ask any dedicated teacher, they will be the first to tell you that their number one priority while on the job is always the safety and well-being of their students. It’s no question that teachers are constantly giving so much of themselves to their students. Though it’s easy to call this honorable and…

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Sun Protection for Teachers

August 26, 2021

As teachers, when we’re out at bus duty, recess duty, car line duty, and so on, we get more sun in the school day than we maybe realize. Yea, you’ve got a ball cap and sunglasses for field days, but did you know that dermatologists recommend you use an SPF of at least 30 every…

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The Hard Job of Teaching

August 24, 2021

There is no job like being a schoolteacher. You could read the above in one of three ways. You could assume a tone of complaint said at the end of a long day as one falls exhausted onto a couch. Or you could use this statement as a way to recruit young men and women…

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Classroom Organization Tips From A Professional Organizer

August 17, 2021

Hi, my name is Tara and I love to organize. I have learned so much about organization and children from the teachers in my life, which means teachers have an extra special place in my heart.  This summer here in Birmingham, Alabama, a group of organizers and volunteers wanted to help a school and some…

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Getting Creative with Self-Care – Lesson Ideas & Discussion Starters for the Classroom

August 10, 2021

Even before a global pandemic drove stress levels to new heights, brands and marketers were looking for ways to help the average consumer chill out. From cars to cola, the trend is to design with relaxation in mind. Car companies are quieting the “dings” and “bings” a vehicle makes while crafting seats and finishes that…

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Healthy Summer Sleep Habits for Teachers

July 14, 2021

You did it! You made it through another year! Once summer arrives, exhausted teachers may give in to the temptation to sleep in late or stay up late, letting the summer schedule dictate your waking times and just assuming that you’ll be all caught up and refreshed before the first day of school. But research…

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Finding the Fun in Grading

June 22, 2021

Throughout the year teachers know there’s always a forest’s worth of papers that need to be graded.   Looking for a way to make grading papers ‘fun’ – or at least more bearable? Here’s a pro tip gleaned from a university department chair: After certain times of the school year (midterms, finals, etc.), plan a…

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