5 Radical Self-Care Lessons for Educators

Alexis ShepardBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Burnout is not “this is just how it is.” We need to prioritize our own wellness. Self-care isn’t selfish and it’s not about temporary relief. You must put the work in to maintain boundaries and demonstrate self-care. Set office hours for yourself. Embed wellness routines into your classroom to model self-care for students too. Burnout Six years ago, I … Read More

Moving From Self-Care to Collective Care

Karen EvansBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: While self-care is important, it has become a way of shifting the responsibility, whilst putting more work on the shoulders of already overwhelmed educators. Mutual aid is collective coordination to meet each other’s needs. Collective care removes the responsibility from the shoulders of individual teachers and shifts the onus to the school, district, and educators as a collective group. … Read More

The Best of Teach Better 2022

Alexis ShepardBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: The Teach Better Conference lit the transformational fires of the people who attended. Community is critical in affirming our ‘why,’ instigating collaboration, and inspiring us to celebrate all the ways we show up for students whether we are in classrooms, district offices, or running our own teacher-focused business. Teach Better 22 was inclusive not just by celebrating those with … Read More

Carrying Heavy Things: Support Students

Matthew BowermanBlog, Connect Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: We all have a lot going on and are carrying a lot of heavy things. What does that look like at your school with your students? Communicate with stakeholders to help carry the weight. Provide school-based support for students. Assist staff with self-care by practicing collective care and supporting boundaries. Carrying Heavy Things: Support Students “I’m afraid I won’t … Read More

What IS?

Suzanne DaileyBlog, Manage Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: We can change our mindset from thinking “What if” with worry to consider “Even if” instead. Instead of “What if”, consider “What is”. What do you know? What are the facts? The small change in words can make an impact on your ability to cope and your wellness. And just like that, it’s September. Some of us are already … Read More