Kick Off the New School Year Happier!

Suzanne DaileyBlog, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: It is important for teachers to remember that we have what it takes to help our students grow, no matter what their starting point is. A Teach Happier act of kindness challenge is shared. Remember back in March when we thought that getting to the end of the 19-20 school year would be like completing a marathon? We had … Read More

Key Tips for Beginning a Virtual School Year

Mandy FroehlichBlog, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Contacting your local mental health community partner is a strategy to start addressing mental heath in your school. Increase the effectiveness of online learning by using learning management systems, personalized learning, creating relationships online, and incorporating social-emotional learning. A technique for transforming your student relationship building activities to a virtual setting is shared. As districts begin to finalize their … Read More

You Can’t Be Prepared for This

Jeff GargasBlog, Self Care Better, Survival

TL;DR: Go into this school year knowing you can’t be prepared for every possible scenario. Plan to change your plan, and prepare to be unprepared. Now is the time to take risks and try new things—even if you fail. You learn and grow from every failure and put yourself in a position to succeed the next time. Hey, how’s your … Read More

Remembering YOU in Times of Uncertainty and Change

Maggie GiffordBlog, Connect Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better, Survival

TL;DR: Embrace the disruption to your routines. Reconnect with yourself by starting a journal, creating fun videos and songs for your students, finding a way to laugh everyday, or using your talents to help someone else. You are important.  I don’t know if anyone has told you that today.  Or yesterday.  Or even in the last week.  But you are, … Read More

Routine vs. Schedule

Becky ThalBlog, Lead Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Establishing a flexible routine for children includes your morning routine, work routine, downtime routine, and evening routine. Kids can either follow a strict schedule or a daily routine. It’s important to remember that life happens—circumstances and emotions change day to day. Now that I am a few weeks into remote teaching with both my students and my own three … Read More