Teachers, it all starts with you!

Teachers, it starts with you!   It all starts with you.  Yep, you.  I’m talking to you.  Although many of us could have probably told the researchers the outcome of their many studies, research has shown that among school-related factors teachers matter most when it comes to student performance, even more than services, facilities or leadership.     So that’s what the research has shown; it’s unclear if this will change how the teaching profession is perceived.  It’s unclear if that will change our educational system.  It’s unclear if...

Applying Minimalism to the Classroom

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...

Why the Insight Timer App Rocks!

  Anyone who knows me or has ever heard me talk about developing a consistent mindfulness practice has probably heard me sing high praises for something called the Insight Timer.  However it occurred to me that I’ve never sat down and considered all the reasons it seems to be such an important and helpful app.  So that’s what today’s blog is about...