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You don’t have to do wild and crazy things to infuse excitement and avoid burn-out, just make it a priority to change your routine and take a risk. The reward is a refreshed and learning brain, and less of an urge to get away from it all. Continue reading
Once I know that I can do something with even a little bit of flair or success, I want to try it again and again. This is the practice that leads to skill and success – in anything!
Thank you to the passionate teachers out there who love what they do and the teachers (and administrators) who aren’t afraid to give the kids the responsibility and power to take ownership of their lives and their futures.
JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, says that imagination is so much more than a tool for creating. Because of imagination, humans can see or read the works of others and experience empathy or learn vicariously. This allows us to avoid creating the mistakes that others have made or to adopt solutions that others have identified so we too can be successful. Continue reading
In the past 10 years my relationship with the onion has blossomed, but not on a culinary level. I have begun to realize that an onion is arguably the most effective metaphor for reaching a deeper understanding about some of the complex challenges in teaching and learning. Continue reading
For educators, however, it seems like time can make laughter drift out of reach; the results can be devastating. To be sure, a small bit of stress is actually good for us. Stress, in moderate amounts, allows us to focus and remain productive. And human beings highly value productivity. Getting stuff done, especially stuff we like doing, creates a release of Dopamine in the brain. This pleasure hormone is what feeds our feelings of satisfaction. So work is not all bad, it just depends on how we balance it with play.
What makes a great educator? Someone who takes time out of their day to explain for what seems the two hundredth time a concept to a student and does so with patience. Continue reading
As you view the fresh, new calendar ahead –are you filled with a whirlwind of excitement for all the possibilities you hold in your hands?
Hi, My name is Tucker and I’m the office dog. I’m a Lab Aussie mix. There was one other office dog, Forest, who came before me. I know everyone misses Forest, and she’s “big paws to fill,” but I am … Continue reading