Traditional Discipline vs. Trauma-Responsive Practices

How to Find the Right Approach for Your Classroom Debates abound in education. Traditional math or common core? Phonics or whole language? Whole class or small group instruction? Technology integration or technology-free zones? As our Strobel Ed team travels around presenting Trauma-Informed Care practices, we’re encountering a new debate: traditional discipline or trauma-responsive discipline. And … 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

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3 Tricks to Fight Teacher Stress

How to Find Relief Inside and Outside the Classroom Reports suggest that 90% of elementary teachers experience high levels of stress. And the news is much the same for educators at other levels. For the sake of teachers’ health and well-being (and the sake of the students they teach), it is imperative that stress-relieving techniques … Read More

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4 Ways Teachers Rock Their Profession

Educators Deserve Thanks—and Free PD Teachers rarely get the accolades, the appreciation, or even the respect they deserve. We at Strobel Ed want to change that. One way we’re doing that? The Strobel Summit—a FREE 6-session professional development webinar series. (You can register here now and read on to learn more about it!) There are … Read More

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Choosing Hope in the Classroom

Why the Choices Teachers Make Matter As most of you know, I’m an avid runner—and an avid reader. So, one of my favorite recent discoveries is the Audible app. It allows me to download books and listen to them while I run. Of course, I’m a teacher and love to highlight, mark up text, and … 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

Teaching Kids to Make the ‘Right’ Choice

How to Grow Your Students’ Hearts Along With Their Brains “We need to care less about whether our children are academically gifted and more about whether they sit with the lonely kid in the cafeteria.” I’ve seen this quote making the rounds on social media a lot lately.  And as both a mother and a … Read More

The Freedom to Find One’s Genius

Why Creativity in the Classroom is Vital to Learning I know being a teacher sometimes feels like a hopeless endeavor. With constant changes and unending expectations placed upon us, it takes perseverance and dedication to stay in this very sacred profession. But I believe even with all our challenges, educators still have the power to … Read More

Teaching Every Student—Even the ‘Bad Berries’

Why Running a School Like a Business Doesn’t Work In the 80’s, Jamie Vollmer, a businessman and attorney, became famous when People magazine named his company’s blueberry ice cream the “Best Ice Cream in America.” He wasn’t just a successful businessman, he was also an education advocate. Mr. Vollmer contended that schools were stuck in … Read More