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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…

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…

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 classroom…

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…

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