Why Design Lessons

Donnetta NorrisBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: As an educator, it is important to continue learning and to always work towards improvement. Design Lessons is a podcast to help teachers learn about instructional strategies and design creative learning opportunities for students. I have been on a journey to improve, expand, and grow as a teacher and a writer. I believe it’s important to remain current in … Read More

Kindness Week: Stretching Beyond

Carly SpinaBlog, Connect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: This post honors Random Acts of Kindness Day. Go beyond the week and show kindness every day to make a positive impact on others. Have students consider their spheres of influence and brainstorm ways to demonstrate gratitude. Promote kindness by taking action to express appreciation through handwritten cards left on cars, cards handed to bus drivers, and flowers handed … Read More

Love a Little Bit Better Valentine’s Day Blog Series

Kari PitstickBlog, Connect Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

Series Overview Love a little bit better this Valentine’s Day. This series features posts that share strategies for building connections with other educators, building a more positive classroom community, and taking time to appreciate yourself, too. Show kindness to your colleagues, your students, and yourself with simple steps shared in these posts! Links to Posts Building Better Colleague Relationships by … Read More

Building Better Colleague Relationships

Chelsea NicolinoBlog, Connect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Build better colleague relationships by being a good listener, showing appreciation, sharing with others, apologizing, finding a connection outside of work, and expanding your network outside of your district. Remember that relationships are not a competition. Strive for quality over quantity. Relationships take work, but with these simple steps, you’ll build a strong network of connections in no time. … Read More

Appreciate YOU

Jillian DuBoisBlog, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Each day, choose to appreciate YOU. Choose YOU by loving yourself unapologetically, doing something nice for yourself, and being insanely grateful for yourself. Imagine this scenario for a moment.  You have just pulled into your garage after a rather long and taxing day at work. You gather your heavy bag full of papers to grade, reports to read, and … Read More