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What does it Mean to Seek The Next Level? by Laura McDonell

What does it Mean to Seek The Next Level? by Laura McDonell

January 06, 2021 | Administrators Health Mental Health Parents Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen How Observation and Choosing the Struggle Allow us to Become Fearless Identifying the Next Level What does the next level look like?  Our family loves to play Pacman. My sons and my husband are very good at playing the game, so their next levels look quite different from mine....

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We Might Want It To Be Over… by  Laura McDonell

We Might Want It To Be Over… by Laura McDonell

January 05, 2021 | Curriculum Planning Remote learning Stress Teachers

Listen But...2020 Is still Worth Processing What did you love? And what do you want to be different next year?  No Doubt A Challenging Year The past year has been a challenging one for many reasons. One of the tough things is that it was unpredictable. This year was unlike...

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The Best Choices are Right in Front of You by Laura McDonell

The Best Choices are Right in Front of You by Laura McDonell

December 02, 2020 | Organization Parents Performance Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen Rearrange the ¨Furniture¨ and Discover a New Perspective Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to rearrange my bedroom. I loved the opportunity to have my bed facing a new direction, a chance to slide the dresser into a new location and enjoy seeing things from...

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Student Reflections on Virtual and Hybrid Learning

Student Reflections on Virtual and Hybrid Learning

October 08, 2020 | Health Mental Health Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen There is no question that this has been a very challenging year for teachers and administrators (OK, understatement doesn’t even begin to describe that statement).   But, our students are facing these challenges without the benefit of maturity, life experience, or a college degree!    Let’s not forget that...

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Reformation: Embracing the Outdoors

Reformation: Embracing the Outdoors

October 07, 2020 | Mental Health Performance Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen In this article, we’ll take a step away from our eleven leaders and reach a bit further out, because there are many schools around the world who have used the opportunity the pandemic has provided to be outdoors more. Pre-pandemic, many schools and districts in the U.S. added more...

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Elementary Focus: Dolls for SEL and Social Studies

Elementary Focus: Dolls for SEL and Social Studies

September 16, 2020 | Curriculum Health Parents Performance Stress Students Teachers

Listen There are few adults who spend any time with kids who haven’t heard of the “Toy Story” franchise. In one of the movies, the toys gather around a new playmate, Forky, created by the child who is the center of their world.The child in the movie makes this “doll”...

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Careers That Fit Well with Education Experience

Careers That Fit Well with Education Experience

August 25, 2020 | Administrators Performance Stress Teachers

Listen There are quite a few educators currently out of employment due to the financial repercussions of the pandemic. There are others who are okay for this year but may be facing a similar fate in the near future. There are many others who have lost wages, or for whom...

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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 1, LGBTQ+

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 1, LGBTQ+

June 26, 2020 | Health Mental Health Stress Students Teachers

Listen It is not appropriate as educators to tell students what to believe, but it is our duty to foster an environment that welcomes every individual and provides a safe space where they can learn.  Schools are to be a microcosm of society at large in which students can practice...

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Preventing PTSD Among Educators

Preventing PTSD Among Educators

June 24, 2020 | Mental Health Stress Teachers

Listen As the stories of teachers pour in from around the country of their return to their classrooms to clean them out, end the year, and get ready for summer, one thing is resoundingly clear: teachers have suffered some deep emotional trauma this year. Although trauma is widely accepted as...

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Battling Anxiety

Battling Anxiety

June 23, 2020 | Mental Health Stress Teachers

Listen Anxiety in and of itself is common, but when that anxiety starts to interfere with your daily life, cause you to avoid certain activities, and keep you from doing the things that are important to you, it’s time to seek help. Among the symptoms or signs of anxiety are...

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Depression and Teaching

Depression and Teaching

June 22, 2020 | Mental Health Stress Teachers

Listen Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses people face. It can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience or a lifelong struggle. For teachers, this time in our history is particularly ripe for depression because of the instability of our jobs, the necessity of social distancing (which makes connecting to...

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Panic Attacks 101

Panic Attacks 101

June 19, 2020 | Mental Health Stress Teachers

Listen We, teachers, have always been a fairly over-stressed, anxiety-ridden bunch. We’ve got a lot at stake, after all. Our jobs are more than jobs. We’re caring for and educating our own future leaders and fellow adults. With the pandemic, social isolation, insecurities about when and how we will return...

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