New Year Goal Setting with Your Students

Dana GoodierBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: The beginning of the new semester is the perfect time to set goals. Goals could be based on academics or social-emotional areas. Help students hold themselves accountable for their goals. The start of a new year and a new semester is a great time to work with students on revising their yearly goals and looking at areas where they … Read More

Schools These Days

Hans AppelBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Hans shares a story about how his puppy, Winnie, was demonstrating deregulated behavior on a  walk. Remembering his recent conversation with Dr. Carrington, she said we need “connection before direction.” 5 keys to reconnecting are listed below. Relationships and reconnection starts and ends with the adults in our schools. Children need adults to show them how to regulate when … Read More

Superhero Teachers Empower Superhero Students

Hans AppelBlog, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Superhero teachers create and empower superhero students. Creating thriving super-students comes down to these big ideas: nurturing heart, developing mind, and cultivating will. Teaching isn’t about grades, standards, and tests. It’s about inspiring the inner superhero of each child. “All our energy has gone into stretching kids’ cognitive abilities and neglecting the human side—the source of energy, joy, inspiration, … Read More

Navigating Self-Care Through the 3 Ships

Hans AppelBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Navigate your self-care through the 3 ships: relationships, leadership, and partnerships. Teachers are more stressed, overwhelmed, and past the point of burnout than ever before.  Implementing self-care is something that needs to be done proactively and often. When I first started on my maiden voyage into education, our school had a part-time wellness coordinator.  As a stipended paraprofessional, her … Read More

Give Yourself Permission

Hans AppelBlog, Connect Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Give yourself permission to put yourself first and value self-care, wellness, and social emotional learning. We need to be courageous in our P.A.S.S.I.O.N.—pause, assess, space, speak, insight, open, knowledge. Empower yourself to follow through on your BEST INTENTIONS to show up for YOU.   “It’s important to take a daily temperature of your heart.” – Diana Patton, Inspiration in My … Read More