Work-Life Balance

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Bringing heart to the center of COVID

By Brisa Ayub July 14, 2020

Even the littlest acts of kindness can go a long way. When COVID started to shut down schools, educators did what they always do — they stepped it up to help their students and their community better cope with their new norm and they tried to bring some heart to the center of COVID. From… Read More

Reflecting by Journaling

By Kelly Mendoza July 8, 2020

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart – William Wordsworth We’ve all had a lot happen in the past several months. Emphasis: A LOT. Think about the changes we’ve all endured in such a short amount of time. Have you been able to process it all? Now that it’s summer and you have… 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

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

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

Time Management That Works For You

By Lauren Bleser December 10, 2019

Lesson plans. Parent emails. Grading papers. Staff meetings. Team collaboration. IEP meetings. Parent conferences. Holiday concerts. Teaching is a 24/7 job. It can take over your life if you aren’t careful, so you have to find a way to make it work for you. Your social events are important. Your family time should be protected…. Read More

Date Nights with Yourself

By The Editorial Team October 4, 2019

You spend your days caring for your students. Maybe you get home and have to care for your own kiddos, or your partner…or your needy puggle puppy who won’t stop shredding all the toilet paper rolls. The point is, as a teacher, caring for others can quickly consume all your time. Before you know it,… Read More

Summer Teacher Prep: Summer Self-Reflection

By The Editorial Team July 23, 2019

Summer is the time to truly think about what worked for you this past school year, and what totally didn’t. Even if you had a great year, there is always room for growth. If you were constantly exhausted, behind on work, redoing lesson plans, or always saying “no” to social plans, it’s time for a… Read More

Summer Teacher Prep: Setting Your Work/Life Boundaries

By Jennifer Gunn July 4, 2019

Teachers do so much more than just planning lessons and teaching. In fact, it’s typical to get swallowed up during the school year with endless projects, responsibilities, and calls for your time. The problem is, we simply cannot do it all — and trying to do it all makes us less effective and exhausted. This… Read More

Taking Control of Your Teacher Workload

By The SHARE Team March 14, 2019

A Heart-Centered Approach Teachers are true workaholics. We work a lot — during the day, after school, on weekends, during breaks, and over summer vacation. In doing the myriad tasks we tackle each week, we can become seriously overwhelmed, stressed, and constantly trying to catch up. Host of the Hurry Slowly podcast and author of… Read More

As the calendar year comes to a close, it’s time to pause and reflect on our teaching practice. Teachers often focus on what we didn’t get done, what we still have to do, and the mistakes we’ve made along the way. This can quickly lead to burnout. It’s time to flip your reflection game and… Read More

Inexpensive Holiday Gifts You Can Make for Coworkers

By The Editorial Team December 4, 2018

Time to spread some DIY holiday cheer for the special people who make your school truly amazing! Here are some great holiday gifts that you can make without breaking the bank. For the coworker who needs a little self-care Calm-Down Coloring Printables: Coloring can be really calming. Print out a few of these sheets and… Read More

Tips for Earning an EdD While Working Full-Time

By The Editorial Team November 28, 2018

You’re already aware of the many benefits in earning a Doctorate of Education (EdD). And, if you’re like many other prospective doctorate students, you may be concerned with whether or not you can actually devote yourself to the program. In particular, you may be asking yourself: “Can I really balance a full-time workload and family… Read More