Category Archives: Just for Fun

Psst…I’m a New Teacher

So, we have established a few pieces that will help: our new teacher community (NTC): Pssst….I’m a New Teacher, a free tutorial on the NTC based on the text, The New Teacher Book, and a free Toolkit o’ Fun.

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Keeping the Flame Lit

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

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Little Notes–Big Connections

Getting notes from my students is absolutely one of my favorite things, a lovely and precious job perk. Because I teach and preach the power of writing all day long, it makes me giddy when students choose to open up their hearts and put their appreciation into words.

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Keeping the Funny When Nothing is Funny

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.

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3 Books You’ve Gotta Read

Who got a Kindle Touch for Christmas? I did. Pretty awesome. I’ve already read three books on it. Continue reading

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The Sounds in Silence

I think it’s fine, really, that some of these toys have gone by the wayside. However, I am grateful that my son can experience some of the things I grew up with; it’s nice to know that, although he probably won’t need to dial a rotary phone or look at his watch, he will at least know of a time when those things were an important part of life and how we communicated and played. Continue reading

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The Dark Ages of Tech

I may be getting older, out-of-step, or becoming a technology luddite. But do I really need to read on Facebook about “my boyfriend’s underarm hair was stuck to my deodorant?” Continue reading

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