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A Most-Appropriate Teacher Appreciation Week Celebration
How to Prepare for the Presents and the Praise What a great time of year. You can see the light at the end of the school year tunnel. Your students are about as close to perfect as they're going to get--doing what you want them to do, when you want them to. They are trained. They know the classroom procedures. You've broken up the fights, naviga...
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4 Ways Teachers Can Be Out the Door By 4:00
Why Leaving School ON TIME is Vital for Your Sanity Leave school by 4:00? I'm sure you read the title of this blog post and immediately thought, "Kim is crazy!" (Well, yes I am. But that's a story for another day and another blog post!) Bear with me because I'm trying to save your sanity here, Teacher Friend! I work with educators in many c...
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People Throw Rocks at Things that Shine
How to Deal with the 'Haters' at Your School "People throw rocks at things that shine." This quote from Taylor Swift's song, "Ours," is one I love and one I carry pretty close to my heart. I guess I've never understood why people (females, especially) tear each other down. Of course, I'm not suggesting all women do this. And I'm not saying that ...
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What's Your 'Minimum Effective Dose'?
How to Increase Your Happiness and Improve Your Effectiveness A teacher friend recently came to me upset after receiving her evaluation. Usually rated "highly effective," she'd received a rating of "effective" this time. "I guess I need to go back to spending weeknights and weekends in the my classroom," she sighed. "I let myself slip this year....
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'Starbucks' Your Classroom
Why You Should Take a Fresh Look at Your Learning Space Every teacher strives to create a welcoming space for their students. A classroom environment that is not only conducive to learning, but one that invites communication, collaboration, and creativity. This goal of an educational oasis has led many teachers to take a new approach to classroo...
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Gratitude in Action
Seeing Visible Change Inside and Outside the Classroom So we know that gratitude is an important practice for both students and teachers. And that there are a lot of activities that can be incorporated in the classroom to implement this practice. But without results, then what's the point? Luckily, implementing gratitude activities in the clas...
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Gratitude Must Become a Practice
Incorporating Gratitude Activities in the Classroom My first blog post about "gratitude in the classroom" has produced a lot of feedback! I've heard from so many of you--you're sharing ideas, asking questions, and totally getting why gratitude is such an important practice in the classroom. I'm loving what I'm seeing! In that first post, I talke...
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Gratitude in the Classroom
A Powerful Practice with Real Results I often talk about the "heart work" of education. That part of the job where we're not just creating an atmosphere of learning--we're building relationships with our students that will last long after they leave the classroom. To me, that's what it's all about really. Relationships trump content because I wa...
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Strobel Summit Wrap-up
A Lot of Learning, A Lot of Inspiration, A Lot of Fun The 2018 Strobel Summit is officially on the books! We had nearly 5000 awesome educators from around the world register for this free online professional development series--and we could not be more grateful to all of you who participated. New School Year--New Ideas With back-to-school under...
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Happy Teachers + Happy Students = Happy Schools
How Happiness Increases Productivity Work and stress go hand-in-hand. But for educators, stress levels seem to be increasing at a worrying rate. A recent report backs up this concerning information. According to the study, 46% (almost half!) of teachers say they experience high stress on a daily basis. Plus, between 30 and 40 percent of teachers...
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