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Pencils have erasers for a reason. Mistakes are a part of life. Mistakes mean we’re learning. We’re trying. We are pushing ourselves in new and sometimes uncomfortable ways. That’s the whole point. And, when we flip the switch on our perspective, we realize that mistakes truly are blessings in disguise — and those blessings may… Read More

12 Days of Balance

By Darri Stephens December 23, 2019

You’ve heard of the 12 Days of Christmas but this year, how about trying the 12 Days of Balance? We know that there are never enough minutes in a day to get our professional work done, never mind personal to-dos. Plus, many educators are truly passionate about their jobs and research shows that creative jobs… Read More

The use of water to heal the body and comfort the mind is as old as the Greek myths you may be teaching your students.  Hydrotherapy is used for rehabilitation, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal disorders — and spas around the world have added it to their menu of services to aid in detoxification, tension release,… Read More

Our Recommended Reading List

By The Editorial Team December 21, 2019

It may not be summertime, but we wanted to curate a reading list of stories featuring teachers who exemplify grit, resilience, and scrappiness, as they face the multi-faceted demands of teaching. These fiction and non-fiction recommendations are designed to inspire you and let you know that you’re not alone in helping our kids today do… Read More

6 Tips to Incorporate Mindfulness Into the Everyday

By The Editorial Team December 20, 2019

Adding mindfulness to your life can create a calm in the storm, help you become more present, and train your thoughts to actually engage instead of just going through the motions. Mindfulness Training for Teachers walked you through mindfulness with two mindfulness pros over at Intel: Marissa Powers and Lindsay Benjamin. And Mindfulness Activities for… Read More

The Power of a Power Nap

By Ashley Previte December 17, 2019

The school day starts early. And you were up late last night preparing lessons, grading papers, and cutting out 35 new teddy bear name tags. Sleepiness is weighing down your eyelids and creating a mist through your brain. Caffeine may take off some of the edge, but what you really need — and want —… Read More

Relax Your Eyes With Palming

By Ashley Previte December 13, 2019

You’ve perfected the art of deep belly breathing, you’re a meditation master, you’ve got mindfulness on lock. But have you tried palming? If you haven’t heard of it, keep reading. It may just be your new go-to move to alleviate tension and even improve your vision. Palming for relaxation Perfect for relaxation of the eyes,… Read More

Each year, as you sit through those Right to Know meetings, do you ever wonder if the really dangerous toxins are actually some of the people in your life and not the Clorox wipes you have hidden in your file cabinet? Let’s be honest. Some people really need a clear label saying, Danger: Hazardous to… Read More

5 Healthy Comfort Foods to Help You Survive the Winter

By The Editorial Team December 3, 2019

One of the worst things about being a working adult — especially a teacher —  is trying to decide what’s for dinner. Long days being in charge of a classroom can leave you feeling like you’d rather get a root canal than make another decision. But decide what’s for dinner we must. And let’s be… Read More

6 Scientific Benefits of Proper Hydration

By Ashley Previte November 25, 2019

As a teacher, sometimes a full glass of water during the day seems like a luxury. Most educators find themselves limiting their water intake because, well, there’s often a limit to the amount of bathroom breaks one can take. But without water, you can’t stay properly hydrated, and proper hydration is paramount to a healthy… Read More

Meditation Tips for Beginners: The 5 Cs

By Ashley Previte November 19, 2019

We’ve all heard about the awesome benefits of meditation. But let’s be honest — meditation is an intimidating word. It feels huge. It feels lofty and unattainable. It feels like something better suited to some enlightened spiritual leader than a busy and stressed-as-all-get-out teacher. Am I right? Here’s the thing though: Meditation is attainable. It… Read More

5 Quick Fixes for Crossing Off Your Looming To-Dos

By The Editorial Team November 15, 2019

Motivation can be a mosquito in the night. You can hear it buzzing in your ear, but when you reach out to crush it, all you catch is air. You understand the importance of getting things done. You probably talked to one — or all — of your students about it in class today. And… Read More

How to Create a Culture of Self-Care in Your School

By Ashley Watters November 13, 2019

Modern classrooms are a reflection of the fast-paced world we live in. Multiple tasks and students consistently vie for your attention. In this kind of brisk environment, self-care becomes extremely important for educators. Self-care is not synonymous with selfish Teaching is a true balancing act of attending to the needs of many different people. You… Read More

5 Night-Before Prep Tips for a Stress-Free Morning

By Ashley Previte November 1, 2019

Ugh, mornings. Am I right? That nagging alarm clock, disgruntled sleepyheads, burnt toast, cereal bowls…chaos just takes right over. Getting out the door is a scramble and it’s a miracle if you don’t have to go back in the house for your phone or your keys or your three-year-old. But here’s the thing: It really… Read More

Teachers: The Truth About Waking Up Earlier

By Ashley Previte October 29, 2019

The internet is swimming in advice on how the world can wake up earlier and find more time to lead more productive lives. CEOs brag about their early morning rituals. Celebrities tout crack-of-dawn routines that help them focus throughout the day. Fledgling novelists swear it’s the only time to get writing done. That’s all fine… Read More