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October 27, 2016

Focus on What Can Be Done

In education today, educators are trapped in the muck and mire of red tape that can easily lead to burn out or loss of purpose. It is easy to get wrapped up in all of the things that make teaching untenable and sadly, many do. Because this is the reality of the current educational environment, it is...

October 13, 2016

It's Time to Lighten the Load and Stop Giving Traditional Homework

We need to recognize that children have very active lives both in and out of school starting at younger and younger ages now. They play travel sports which helps foster physical skills and team collaborative skills that build stamina and frustration tolerance. They play instruments which develops discipline and a love of music and additional fine motor skills. They join clubs that encourage them to dig deeper into their passions and connect them to what they are learning already in a social environment.

October 11, 2016

Why Do I Always Feel So Guilty About Taking Care of Myself?

Starting a new job this year has added a bunch of new responsibilities and I'm always worried that I'm not doing enough. Afraid of not pleasing my new bosses and even more scared of feeling like a fraud, I overwork myself, judge myself and then run myself into the ground. The irony is that I know what I should be doing, but sometimes I just can't get out of my own way.

September 29, 2016

Combat Your Morning Commute and Ensure a Good Day

Having a productive and positive morning routine can help every day start off well. So making sure you get to bed early, pick out your clothes the night before and preset the coffee to brew in the house if you aren't stopping on the way. We deal in the business of people and that can be challenging to begin with, so we want to create the best possible scenario to for a great day, every day.

September 13, 2016

Starting From Scratch After 15 Years, Sort of

Although old challenges may no longer be present, new ones will certainly arise, but the benefit of starting over with the prior experience I have is what will help me and others grow. Walking into a new opportunity can be scary but it is that fear that will either force me to improve or force me into submission of some kind. Since I'm not a quitter, it can only be up from here.

September 11, 2016

Adjusting to My New School Culture

Aside from everything that is new, I'm really grateful to the few colleagues who have gone out of their way to really make me feel at home, answering my millions of questions and coming to my rescue when I have that "deer in headlights" kind of look on my face. What an exciting new adventure! I'm keeping my mind open. For those of you starting new jobs or welcoming new people into your job, what advice can you share?

September 04, 2016

Twitter Chats Can Build Collaboration for Systemic Change

Every year I go into the school year not really knowing what to expect. And since this year is so drastically different, not just in the specific perimeter of my job but also in the school community I will now be a part of. Rather than let fear consume me, (there have been moments throughout the su...

August 30, 2016

Reconnecting With Wisdom From 'the Little Prince'

Children's books often share major life lessons that morph into more complicated plot lines as fiction grows longer. Seeing things simply does have it's place. As the world grows more crazy, we can take solace in the wise words of children and continue to understand that our imaginations never stop working if we choose to continue to exercise them.

July 29, 2016

When the School Dreams Start Earlier Than Usual

It's normal to feel nervous about change. There are many moving parts and the unknown is always, well, unknown until it isn't anymore. My subconscious understands this and allows me to work through the concerns while I sleep, so that I can wake up and be the best version of myself when the time comes.

July 12, 2016

It's Not as Easy as It Looks and That's Okay

Many of us are able to do things well and make it all look easy. Whether it is maintaining a busy and productive life or being able to write a book or sing a song, just because it looks easy doesn't mean it actually is. We all have our quirks and insecurities and easy doesn't alway mean better. Anything worth doing well is going to take practice and time and the easier it looks, it's likely that amount of mastery took a ridiculous amount of time.

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