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Your Music Playlist for Fun in the Summertime

Hot fun in the summertime! This is what we hope you are striving for as you relax, restore and refresh over the summer months! To add to your “hot fun,” we’ve put together a list of 10 summer songs to get you movin’ and groovin’! Teachers and students are music lovers too, so, enjoy the melodies and even see some of the artists in action as you listen and watch ourSongs of Summer screencast! 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Summer Vacation, Happiness

Rev Up Classroom Learning with a Summer Road Trip

There’s nothing quite like a road trip. The highway stretched out before you, the wind in your hair, music (or a great audiobook) blasting on the car stereo, adventures awaiting around every twist and turn. In addition to being a lot of fun, road trips can also be an incredible learning experience. From visiting historic and cultural sites, to museums, to exploring the varied natural landscape of the country, opportunities abound to bring learning back to your classroom this fall. Below, we’ve collected 10 destination ideas with websites that provide robust supporting activities that translate easily into authentic lessons. There’s something for travelers who teach in every content area.

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Topics: Courses, Summer Vacation, Happiness

12 (Mostly) Free, Fun, Fanciful Things to Do this Summer

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Topics: Summer Vacation, Happiness

Resources to Reignite Your Joy for Teaching & Learning

Reignite Your JOY for Teaching & Learning: 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, educator wellness, mindfulness, Mental Health Awareness, Happiness, Self-Care, Digital Resources, teacher resources, Monthly Resource Round-up, Reignite Your Joy

4 Steps to Creating a More Sustainable Future in Teaching

Let’s cut straight to the chase. This year has been hard. Not just navigating a new reading curriculum hard, adjusting to a new administrator hard, or even dealing with a few needy parents hard. This year, for many educators, has been utterly exhausting, out of control, a five-alarm level of burnout! 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, educator wellness, Teacher Burnout, mindfulness, Mental Health Awareness, Happiness, Self-Care

Tips to Organize and Declutter Your Classroom

The last year and a half found many of us re-evaluting our priorities. Faced with being stuck at home has driven many of us (myself included) to do something with our “extra time.” Enter the minimalism movement, with experts like The Minimalists, Marie Kondo, and Josh Becker offering up philosophies, tips, and even courses to help you shift your mindset towards “less is more.”

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Classroom Management, Happiness, Self-Care

Autumn Teacher Self-Care BINGO!

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Back-to-School, Happiness, Self-Care, Digital Resources, teacher resources

A Key Ingredient to Success? Failure.

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Teacher Burnout, Happiness, Self-Care

Making Space for Self-Care This Year

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Social Emotional Learning, educator wellness, Teacher Burnout, Happiness, Self-Care

5 Strategies to Stay Positive in the Classroom

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Social Emotional Learning, educator wellness, Teacher Burnout, Happiness, Self-Care

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