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Seven Sanity-Saving Tips to Truly Rest and Relax During the Summer (or Any Break)

Always burning the late-night oil, crafting that perfect lesson or grading papers? Overwhelmed with maintaining a healthy life/work balance, running out of sick or personal days, losing instructional control in the classroom and don’t know how to cope with traumatic situations with students, needing help to keep up with as well as easy access to important documents, or counting down to the next holiday when school’s closed?  Maybe you’ve taken on a new responsibility–willingly or out of need–and it’s becoming a bit too much to bear.  If you’ve been here at some point [I can relate to some of these], then it’s time to put things on pause.  Doing so not only helps bring things back into balance personally and professionally, but it pays dividends in your classroom as well because these kinds of feelings have a tendency to impact the classroom culture.

Rest and relaxation [R&R] strategies help keep whether the school year’s ending or it’s a few days off, taking the time to recharge and reset physically, emotionally and psychologically is key to preventing teacher burnout and compassionate fatigue.  This is something that some professionals don’t talk a lot about.  Don’t worry or be ashamed, because I want to help you maintain or regain your passion for why you chose to be an education professional in the first place.  Take a look at these tips to see how they can help you get back in the swing of things or determine if you need a change in direction.

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Libraries Then and Now

From 1880 to 1920, more than twenty million immigrants arrived in the US. Many traveled by steamboat at major ports and then set out via the railroad for destinations across the country. Public libraries responded in specific ways, because libraries have always been important to freedom. This photo taken in…

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Four Tips to Starting A Summer Book Club in Your Neighborhood

kids-1550017_1920.jpgSummer’s in full swing, and many students are out of school, with caregivers looking for meaningful activities to keep their kids engaged through those long summer days.  Reading is a great way to do this–as ongoing reading and learning opportunities help stymie the summer slide phenomenon kids experience annually1.  Why not engage in this activity as a family or better yet as a community?  Read on for some ways you can make reading clubs fun and excite the whole family.

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Summertime Writing

Summertime Writing

School is out and it’s time for some fun in the sun with friends and family! Wait, what about the dreaded “summer slide”? In academics, like sports, kids need to keep practicing their reading, math and especially their writing. This will help retain those skills learned throughout the school year…

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Learning A Second Language, Part 2

Learning A Second Language, Part 2

Last week’s article touched on second-language learning and acquisition influenced by Stephen Krashen, as defined: learning is the conscious, traditional grammar-based teaching method. Acquisition is the influence or process, thereby which a person’s first language is learned naturally, and the latter,  being the preferred approach recommended by Krashen. The three…

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Neuro-Linguistic Programming In The Classroom

Neuro-Linguistic Programming in the Classroom

Children construct reality based on their perceptions and memories. Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP, defines our sensory channels as “representational” systems, or how a child “represents” or make sense of external surroundings. More importantly, the meaning of the communication is the response it elicits. The brain has an intricate way of processing and…

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