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Emotional Fitness: Why I make friends with the roughest kid in class – Episode 030

Tweet There is no doubt that the hardest part of teaching is the emotional labor we perform, day in and day out. That is, the lifting of our students spirits, keeping a straight face when they do something bad, even though it was really really funny. Doing our best to not get visibly angry and […]

Why All Teachers Should Make at Least 90k/year: Emotional Labor – Episode 029

Tweet Emotional labor is an invisible but powerful force that is felt but unseen to the inexperienced eye. It’s why moms are so good at making you feel better without applying medicine, and why it doesn’t bother you that you scraped your knee with dad, because you had such a great time (which mom cleaned […]

Ep 28: The Conversation – PART III

Tweet In this 3rd part of The Conversation Series, I wrap up what I believe is the conversation we should be having right now regarding education. Recent tragedies have shed a new light upon the fact that the educational system is failing our students. We can no longer sit back and wait for lawmakers, researchers, […]

Ep 27: The Conversation – PART TWO

Tweet In part two of the conversation, we discuss our students and take a macroscopic snapshot of where they are and what they are going through. They are facing different pressures than before, and because of that, our students have different needs There is no sense in trying to judge the merits of these needs; […]

Ep 26: The Conversation – Part 1

Tweet The role of the classroom, and school, has changed dramatically in our society. What is the NEW role of the classroom, and the school, in our NEW reality, and in the future? Before information was so freely accessible, the school house was one of the very few places one could have access to information […]

Random Acts of Kindness – Episode 025

Tweet This is Random Acts of Kindness Week! I hope you take it upon yourself to be kind to yourself FIRST… But also to be kind to your fellow TEACHERS! And most important, showing and modeling kindness towards and for your STUDENTS!   It is the most important lesson you could ever TEACH!

A Safe Haven – Episode 024

Tweet There was a picture I recently saw showing a real life cowboy The Manliest of Men His physical exterior (I would imagine) matched his mental and emotional interior No doubt that man was a man or resilience and strength. We want our kids to be resilient, to be tough, to be “tough enough” We […]

A Win Is A Win – Episode 023

Tweet Courage Through Kindness How many of us have encountered a student who has been “given” so many chances, that at some point you decide in your mind and in your heart that you have done enough… So you quit on that student. I have encountered these students… one in particular. And as I stood […]

Learning Is An Organic Experience – Episode 022

Tweet When you travel to a new place, it always “feels” as if your voyage, your travel, takes a very long time.  Why? Since you are traveling to a new destination, one that you have never been before, you are observing everything around you. Your senses are hightened, and because of your awareness of this […]

Go Off On A Tangent! – Episode 021

Tweet I was able to connect with my students in a way that was outside of what was norm I was able to educate them on something that may not have been the normal topic, but it added value to their lives. They saw it as valuable, and because of that, we had a very […]