Teacher self-care during the pandemic: More important now than ever

Even in normal times, teaching is no walk in the park. Between lesson plans, classroom time, communicating with parents and caregivers, and keeping up with school and district politics, the concept of self-care can easily fall by the wayside. During the pandemic, there’s even more pressure. Pressure to teach ...

Teaching during a pandemic: Everything is changing

It’s August now – the month when teachers traditionally decorate their bulletin boards, prepare their lesson plans, and get ready to welcome a new group of students to their classroom. At least that’s what happens in a normal year. This year, of course, belongs to COVID-19. It has changed ...

Students with anxiety and depression: How teachers can help

The statistics tell the story: More students of all ages – from elementary through college – are living with anxiety and depression than ever before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistics are worrisome: Think about the changing world we live in. There have always been parents who ...

Teacher wellness counts in the classroom: Are you the best you can be?

There’s a long list of things that contribute to the effectiveness of classroom learning: strong teachers, relevant curriculum, technology, resources, the school environment, the mix of students, parental involvement, administrative support, and learning styles. But teacher wellness isn’t something that’s often mentioned. And it should be: “Teachers ...

How to Keep Your Passion for Teaching Alive

It is rewarding. It is demanding. It is both, often at the same time. The seesaw of reality for teachers is that the challenges in the job can sometimes start to outweigh the joys. Salaries tend to be low, and raises rare or nonexistent (illustrated by recent statewide teacher strikes ...

Wellness for Teachers: The Most Important Resolution You Can Make

“Stay positive,” the aspirations begin. “Spice up your classroom routine. Build fitness into your curriculum. Get your work/life balance in order. Give individual time and attention to students. Plan your move up the pay scale.” These are a few of the dozen New Year’s
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Traumatized Students in the Classroom

A young student has witnessed domestic violence at home, and he’s constantly anxious. Another child’s family is homeless, and she often comes to school hungry. A third student has recently seen her parents split up, and believes it’s her fault.  And yet another child is quietly being ...