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Educator Wellness: Self-Care in a Selfless Field

By Lilla Dale McManis, PhD February 5, 2020

If you fly with any regularity, you’re likely very familiar with the flight attendant’s instructions to place the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting children. The reason, of course, is that you can’t do a very good job if you don’t take care of yourself first. Particularly in challenging situations, this is absolutely vital. Teaching… Read More

A day in the life of a teacher can be pretty darn jam-packed. So it’s important to make the most of the moments you do have by fostering some inner peace and tapping into the Zen. Check out these eight meditation apps perfect to guide you through some relaxation and rejuvenate your soul for the… Read More

We See You: Recognizing the Emotional Labor of Educators

By Ashley Previte February 3, 2020

Teaching is the way you have chosen to change the world — and kudos to you for teaching your heart out! But being so deeply invested also means being vulnerable. And that can take a serious emotional toll. Here’s the deal: The emotional labor of teaching is real. And when we don’t talk about it… Read More

Don’t Let Your Calling Burn You Out

By Ashley Previte January 30, 2020

You went into your teaching career like gangbusters — excited, energetic, oozing creativity, eyes all atwinkle. But the weight of daily stress can begin to deflate those feelings of satisfaction and ambition and dull your passion. And, if left unchecked, can lead to burnout. Burnout is one of the most common reasons that teachers leave… Read More

Light itself is invisible until it reflects from something and hits our eyes. In the same way, the elements of our life are invisible until we take the time to actually see them through our mind’s eye. Self-reflection is taking the time to see the successes and failures, the opportunities and challenges, and the mental… Read More

Creating Work-Life Buffers to Be More Present at Home

By Ashley Previte January 24, 2020

With all you do, it’s easy to find yourself working around the clock just to stay ahead. Working too much can not only be damaging to your health but can also be damaging to your family. Creating a barrier at the end of work time — at least for a few hours — can help… Read More

When demands at work and home have you feeling like you’re about to crack, stop, breathe, and take a cue from nature. Channel your inner palm tree. Here’s the thing about palm trees: Even in the fiercest of storms, a palm tree will stay rooted in the ground. Devastating winds will destroy everything in their… Read More

Have You Ever Said, “Thank God It’s Monday?”

By Ashley Previte January 20, 2020

Monday mornings often loom over us like a dark cloud of doom. In fact, they’re so ominous that we start our anxiety about them on Sundays. But are Mondays really that bad? Absolutely not! Finding reasons to love your Mondays can help you bounce out of bed ready to start your workweek. It’s all about… Read More

Super Packable Lunches for Those Early Lunch Blocks

By The Editorial Team January 16, 2020

When you’re at work, lunch feels like it cannot come soon enough — unless of course you’re a teacher with that crazy 10:30 am lunch block. Somehow leftover taco meat just doesn’t have the same appeal that early in the day. So what do you pack when your scheduled lunch is more like a brunch?… Read More

Turn Your Car Into a Retreat for Your Senses With Essential Oils

By The Editorial Team January 3, 2020

Between caring for students and caring for family, sometimes the only alone time we get is those few minutes in the car on the way to or from work. But guess what? It’s still ALONE time and it should be celebrated and treated like the sacred gift it is. Make the most of this time… Read More

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

Resilient Educator’s Recommended Reading List

By Darri Stephens December 21, 2019

How many of you dreaded the summer reading list during your school years? Be honest! I was a voracious reader, yet would read anything and everything except those titles mandated by next year’s teacher; it was an annual battle each summer. Now as adults, many of us yearn to find the time to pop a… 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