Real Talk: Working Within Your Contract Hours

Holly BlackBlog, Reflect Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: The article challenges the notion that teachers should work long hours and prioritize their job above all else. It is important to set boundaries and respect contract hours. This post provides guidance on optimizing time and avoiding burnout in the education field. This post is a follow-up to my first, How to Be a Great Teacher Without Losing Yourself. … Read More

Calendar Blocking 101 for EDUcreators

Jeff GargasBlog, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Calendar blocking is a time management technique used by successful EDUcreators to increase productivity and manage their demanding schedules effectively. It involves allocating specific time blocks in your calendar for different tasks or responsibilities, reducing distractions, and improving focus. Prioritize your tasks, create a daily to-do list, and practice task batching to group similar tasks together. Experiment with day … Read More

The Gods of Education. Are They Worth It?

Brian MillerBlog, Connect Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Schools, like cathedrals, have gods that they worship, which shape their values, priorities, and practices. The gods of education can be both burdensome and dangerous, demanding sacrifices and affecting the unintended consequences of serving them. Identifying the gods in education allows for a critical examination of their impact and whether they are worth prioritizing, as they are tools that … Read More

5 Tips for Being More Productive

Katie MiglinBlog, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: People want to be more productive but have limited time. Being organized can help reduce mental stress. 5 ways to stay organized and productive are: create a list, put things away immediately, don’t avoid quick tasks, establish routines, and take notes. Implementing these tips can increase productivity and create more free time. Today I’m going to be more productive.  … Read More

You Have Two Seconds

John VanDusenBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: You have two seconds to grab and hold your students’ attention. They have conditioned their brains to consume content they wish to consume for short periods of time. Students lacking attention, focus, and respect for elders is not something new so how do we become better teachers tomorrow than we are today? Three principles that help us be better … Read More