The 80/20 Rule for Educators

  As teachers we all want to bring things home because we are never really finished.  Our days never truly end.  As the last student leaves the room screaming good bye as he or she runs down the hall, we plop into our seat, sigh a heavy breath, look up at the ceiling and wonder where to start.  Do we piece our rooms back together? Check the email we haven’t looked at since morning? Grade the pile of papers we collected throughout the day? Finalize our...

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...