4 Tips for Self-Compassion for Teachers

I’m sure we have all heard a flight attendant tell us at the beginning of a flight that if the oxygen masks fall from the compartment, put the mask on yourself before helping someone else put his/hers on.  The obvious lesson is you won’t be much help to others if you can’t breathe, so take care of you first and then worry about others.   Albeit trite, these important instructions extend in usefulness way beyond the flight scenario.  As educators, we have an enormous capacity to care...

Take the Sick Day if You Need It

We’ve all had the uncontrollable come true: an emerging scratchy throat or pulsing headache,  waking up with body aches or an urgent emergency bathroom trip. We’ve all had the choice…to go in and face the day or to create sub plans and try to forget about what disasters may or may not occur when we’re not the ones standing by the door to greet our little cherubs in the morning.   Here’s what I’ve come to learn in the midst of tossing and turning not sure...

Minimize Your Classroom to Maximize Your Time

The topic of minimalism has been popping up all around me the past few weeks.  I have listened to people talking about applying this concept to their homes, lifestyles, and businesses.  I have heard the dramatic impact this movement has had on people, allowing them to get rid of clutter and bring in more of what is important in their lives.  According to the website, The Minimalists (www.theminimalists.com), “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you...