It's hard being cooped up for weeks at a time. It's hard not seeing my students. It's hard having so much out of my control -- and not knowing when it will end. We need to normalize being human before we can optimize being human — owning that this is hard.
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People are great and listing their strategies, averaging 10+ things stressing them out. But the average amount of coping strategies? 4. Even more surprising is the reliance on one strategy: distraction. Here's how to diversify your destressing.
New Years often make us feel like we need to do more. But, increasing well-being doesn't just mean adding actions. It means letting go.
Prosocial living is one of the strongest ways to cultivate joy, purpose, and positive relationships. Here are 75 ways to spread positivity.
You can still have a heart for teaching without letting it bleed out. Here's how to tell if you have "bleeding heart syndrome" -- and what to do about it.
Feedback and I have a love-hate relationship. We've had horrendous moments, lowlights including: YouTube comments from trolling strangers; The parent who threatened to sue me for targeting his daughter by – get this – reminding her of homework due dates; A teacher's constructive feedback of “Wear better clothes” after a PD; Blog commenters arguing that … Continue reading A 3 Minute Tradition for Powerful Feedback
There's no question that today's young adults are feeling intense levels of stress. 31% of all teens report feeling overwhelmed, depressed or sad as a result of stress 36% of teens report fatigue or feeling tired 23% report skipping a meal due to stress 2x as many students report their stress is getting worse compared … Continue reading Stepping Off Our Stress Box
At present, I'm starting a new year with new students. As I'm looking to the future, I'm thrown back to the past – to all the students who have stepped through this room, have sat in theses seats, have longed to get out of this school. A teacher's character is a collective contribution made by … Continue reading To My Former Students
It's hard not to feel like our society needs more empathy – more shared connection rather than polarized disconnection. What if we approached teaching empathy the way we teach literacy?