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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….

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…

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…

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 my classroom,” she sighed. “I let myself slip this…

‘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…

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