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Teacher Resolutions that Work

For teachers, the return from the holiday break provides a perfect time to reflect. What has gone well so far this year? What could be better? I’d like to offer a bit of advice if you’re considering a New Year’s resolution—both some general ideas to keep in

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Overcoming the October Blues: Six Competence-Boosting Strategies

Overcoming the October Blues: Six Competence-Boosting Strategies

In response to a recent Well-Balanced Teacher Facebook post about teacher burnout, a teacher quipped: “When it’s only a month into the school year and people already feel burnt out, stressed, and overwhelmed, there is a problem!” So why is October such a hard month for some

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School Leaders: Take Care of Your Teachers! 17 Ideas for Supporting Staff Health and Balance

School Leaders: Take Care of Your Teachers!  17 Ideas for Supporting Staff Health and Balance

Teachers are burning out at an alarming rate. Overworked and saddled with increasingly complex and overwhelming responsibilities, not to mention more challenging students and families, many teachers are suffering from exhaustion and chronic stress. Not surprisingly, this has a profound and negative impact on students. After all,

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No Guilt Allowed in the Final Days of School

In the final weeks of school, teachers can feel even more insane than usual. Paperwork and meetings pile up. As the weather warms, students itch to be outside and start to anticipate summer, for better or worse, leading to more frequent challenging behaviors. And just as we’re

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Reclaiming Teacher Autonomy Through Choice

This blog post was first published on the ASCD Inservice blog: http://inservice.ascd.org/reclaiming-teacher-autonomy-through-choice/   One of the most devastating effects of the standardization movement—with its pressures to conform and emphasis on accountability through high-stakes testing—has been the stripping of teacher autonomy—our power to make informed decisions about how

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Supporting Staff Health and Balance: Ideas for Principals

We all know the power of positive community in the classroom. When students feel valued, are known for their strengths, enjoy coming to school, and feel safe and supported, they are more ready to engage in great learning. Not surprisingly, the same is true for adult communities

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Teachers

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Teachers

We all know how important a good breakfast is. When our students have a big day coming up (a research project presentation, a debate, a field trip, etc.), it’s one of the things we encourage them to do to be ready—right along with getting a good night’s

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Resolutions that Work

How successful are you at keeping New Year’s resolutions? If you’re like most, you’re not so good at it. In fact, as a general rule, we teachers often struggle with goal-setting in general. This was something that I emerged from research I did as I was writing

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Feed the Right Wolf

Feed the Right Wolf

You have 24 great parent-teacher conferences and one rough one. Many students had “A-ha!” moments in math around a tough concept, but one just couldn’t get it and was near tears by the end of class. At the end of a long day in which you were

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The Challenge (and Importance) of Saying “No”

The Challenge (and Importance) of Saying “No”

You’re on your way home from school thinking through the day and trying to figure out how it happened. You replay events…. It was 11:15 and students were in the midst of a chaotic transition—it was noisy, three students were jostling a bit too energetically in the

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Mike Anderson is an energetic, experienced, and highly sought-after educational consultant who helps facilitate great learning in schools all over the United States and beyond. He has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, consultant, presenter, and developer and has authored many books and articles about great teaching and learning.