5 Ways to Fight Teacher ‘Time-Sucks’

How to Manage Your Tasks, Maximize Your Time, & Still Make a Difference Maybe the new school year has just started for you. Or maybe you’ve been hard at work for a few weeks. One thing is probably certain: You’re looking for ways to maximize your time—and make this year your most productive yet! As … Read More

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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 … Read More

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

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

What Kids Notice

How to Create a Safe and Loving Classroom Environment “When my children used to walk in the room … I looked at them to see if they had buckled their trousers or if their hair was combed or if their socks were up. You think your affection and your deep love is on display because you’re … Read More

Go for the Grant

Personal Renewal is a MUST for Teachers In 2011, I submitted a grant to the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant committee. This is a program for Indiana teachers who want to be personally renewed outside of their profession. (Can you all give me a “Hallelujah!”?) The goal of this grant is to recognize and renew our … Read More