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027. Our Motivating and Energizing Summer Routine

027. Our Motivating and Energizing Summer Routine

July 2, 2020

There is something about summertime and the heat, especially, that seems to zap the energy out of you. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to spend their days lounging around the pool reading a great book. However, the lazy days seem to bleed together leaving you feel unproductive and ill-prepared for the upcoming school year. 

We are in a new season of our life. Yes, we are talking about summer, but it is also important to know that seasons also relate to where we are in our lives; the circumstances that we are currently living in. With each season, both literally and figuratively, it’s important to change our routines to fit the needs we have at that particular point and time. 

We want to share our motivating and energizing summer routine that has allowed us to create structure and feel as though we are accomplishing goals but also enjoying our summer. 

OUR WALK STORY

 

OUR WHY

 

HOW THIS FITS INTO OUR DAY

TIPS TO ENERGIZING AND MOTIVATING YOUR SUMMER ROUTINE

 

 

CONCLUSION

Keep in mind that we are not perfect in fact we have had a handful of times where we have to listen to our bodies and just rest. There is nothing wrong with that! The purpose of this is to make sure that you are making the most of your summer and to make sure that you have taken steps to feeling ready for the beginning of the school year. 

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026. Tips for Organizing Your Digital Life

026. Tips for Organizing Your Digital Life

June 25, 2020

Before the world was sent into a world-wide pandemic, many of us were content in our lives as paper-loving teachers. Suddenly, our world shifted and many of us were forced to accept the digital lifestyle. 

But instead of focusing on the inconveniences and the problems with everything moving to digital, we have to shift our mindsets and adapt by finding ways to overcome our grievances. Today, we are sharing some small changes that you can make in order to better organize your digital life. By taking these small steps you will feel more productive and be able to better manage your time. 

TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR DIGITAL LIFE

Tip #1: Set Alarms

Tip #2: Set Times to Complete Specific Tasks

Tip #3: Streamline your Apps/Websites

 

Tip #4: Digitize your Paperflow

Tip #5: Utilize Templates

CONCLUSION

One of the biggest reasons so many of us have never fully committed to going digital is because we have never really had to do it. This is the time to get your feet wet and begin transitioning your life online. Start slow and small and build as you go. If you start trying too much too fast you risk feeling overwhelmed and frustrated and dropping it all together. 

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025. Top 3 Things That Worked for Us In Quarantine

025. Top 3 Things That Worked for Us In Quarantine

June 18, 2020

When you are thrown into new situations you cannot help but feel as though all the systems, routines and procedures you have created for yourself no longer function on your behalf. What once was a life that had some order and consistency has been thrown for a complete loop and left you feeling defeated. COVID-19 has caused so many teachers to feel hopeless and in need of a new routine. Hours have been spent searching for what new technologies can aid us in successfully doing our jobs. 

In this episode, we talk about specific materials, routines, or procedures that we have put in place that have helped us in regaining some of the order that we once knew while in a brick and mortar job. We share what has allowed us to be successful during online teaching but we also share what has allowed us to maintain that balance while working from home. 

 

024. Our Experiences in Quarantine: Struggles and Victories

024. Our Experiences in Quarantine: Struggles and Victories

June 11, 2020

We have to be honest with you all. 

When word was getting out that school may start to shut down, we were actually a little excited. Now hold on! We had NO idea what this was all going to turn into, but originally, we thought this was a chance to catch-up on things and to have a break. 

Fast-forward three months and here we are, still in quarantine-ish and trying to make it through to the end of the school year. That said, we’ve experienced some struggles and some victories during these last three months. 

Today, we want to share with you our struggles and victories during quarantine and distance learning. Be sure to listen in on the conversation. You might find that what you were/are struggling with is the same as ours. 

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023. Tips for Creating a Work-Life Balance

023. Tips for Creating a Work-Life Balance

June 4, 2020

Creating a work-life balance is something we, as teachers, have always strived for. It is something that before the pandemic of 2020 hit us, was something that was challenging. Now, working from home we are realizing that establishing a work-life balance is harder than ever before. 

Before, we had a clear line between work and home. We would wake up, go to work, leave work, and be home. Now, we work from home and live with work. The lines are blurry. Today, we want to share with you some tips that will help you during these crazy times of distance learning but can also carry over as we continue to work and establish our balance between work and life. 

TIPS FOR CREATING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE:

Tip #1: Stick to Your Work Hours

Tip #2: Establish a Workspace

Tip #3: Eat Lunch Away from Your Workspace

Tip #4: Check Emails in Batches

Tip #5: Develop a Routine

CONCLUSION

You have to remember that life is a balancing act. There will never be a secret recipe that works for EVERY season of your life. You will constantly have to readjust and make the work fit for what is happening now. Reflect on the changes that you have happening and adjust accordingly. 

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022. A Week in the Life of a Teacher

022. A Week in the Life of a Teacher

May 28, 2020

Listen in with Bridget as you join her for a week in the life of distance learning, being a mom, a wife and running two businesses while in grad school. Bridget talks all about projects and how she plans on managing those projects during the week in order to accomplish her big goals.

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021. Get a Head Start on the Next School Year Using ONE Simple Trick

021. Get a Head Start on the Next School Year Using ONE Simple Trick

May 21, 2020

We are getting so close to the end of the school year and with all the things that take place during the end of year, it's important that we begin planning for what the summer will look like for us and how we can best set ourselves up for starting the next year stress free and seamlessly. 

And if you are like so many teachers out there, you may not have access to your classroom the entire summer, and this means that you need to be even more prepared before you leave at the end of the school year. We have one simple trick that will help you be prepared to leave at the end of the year and get a head start on the next school year. 

We’ve all had experiences with setting up a first-aid kit, and we don’t create our first-aid kits as we are tending to our injuries. No. We do this in preparation for a time when we do get hurt and need to access the materials quickly. Getting a headstart on the next year is very similar to setting up a first-aid kit. The purpose is to get you prepared for what is going to come!

Unlike a first-aid kit, you need a decent size box or container to house all the materials in your Back-to-School kit. We have created a helpful checklist filled with categories and ideas that will help you get a jumpstart to filling your kit and to help give you ideas as you think of more items that work best for you and your classroom. 

CATEGORIES TO INCLUDE IN YOUR KIT:

[3:16] #1: Student materials with names

[7:10] #2: Student materials without names

[10:27] #3: Teacher materials

[12:55] #4: Instructional materials

Now, we recognize that this is a lot to get done before the end of the school year. Parents and volunteers are always so helpful during the end of the year. Ask for volunteers to make copies and begin prepping materials that you know you will need at the start of the year. 

And if the stress of getting this kit together is already starting to stress you out, please remember that you do not have to have this done by the end of the year. Consider taking this home with you and work on it over the summer. 

Just remember that you do NOT want to unload this box at home. This will open up the possibilities of losing items and things getting damaged. The box is truly meant to house your materials and keep things safe. 

CLOSING

The end and beginning of the year are the most stressful times for any teacher. Taking the appropriate measures to ensure that you have all the materials you need to make each one go smoothly is worth the extra time it takes to create a survival kit. 

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020. Our TOP Secrets for Ending the School Year (Stressfree)

020. Our TOP Secrets for Ending the School Year (Stressfree)

May 14, 2020

In our experience, there are two types of teachers when it comes to the end of the year. There are teachers who have everything packed up and their room is bare a few weeks before the school year even ends, and there are teachers who are staying several days after the school year ends to finish packing up their room because they didn’t get anything done ahead of time.

We want to help you find the happy medium. This means not starting too soon but  also not waiting until the last minute to be ready for the end of the year. We want to get you to the point where your room is still functional but also can easily be finished up when your students leave.

Let’s start by discussing some of the categories that you want to consider when preparing for the end of the year. Keep in mind that these are only some of the options. 

Also, we have a freebie for you! Be sure to sign up for our email list and you’ll receive our  End of the Year Checklist.

CATEGORIES FOR THE END OF THE YEAR

[4:46] Category #1: Events

[5:55] Category #2: Inventory

[7:20] Category #3: Paperwork

[8:43] Category #4: Organize

[9:46] Category #5: Clean

[12:09] Category #6: Purge

[13:36] Category #7: Electronics and Technology

[14:46] Category #8: Miscellaneous

[15:37] TIPS FOR TACKLING THE END OF THE YEAR RESPONSIBILITIES

 

CONCLUSION

Preparing for the end of the year is a lot! We know! But taking the time to get organized and create a plan of strategy will help to make all of your responsibilities and to-dos more manageable and less stressful. 

Don’t forget to download our End of the Year checklist to kickstart your planning. 

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019.  A Week in the Life of a Teacher - Pre-COVID 19

019. A Week in the Life of a Teacher - Pre-COVID 19

May 7, 2020

While we may not be in the classroom right now, there is something very motivating and inspiring about listening to others get through a work week. 

 

Join Michelle Ferré in a week of teaching before COVID-19, and listen as she works to accomplish her goals and get things done. Michelle will share her tips and strategies that work for her as she gets through teaching, running a business, and completing grad school.

 

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018. 5 Mistakes That Make Your Classroom Look and Feel Cluttered

018. 5 Mistakes That Make Your Classroom Look and Feel Cluttered

April 30, 2020

Every teacher dreams of what their classrooms would look like. The thought of bringing your likes and splashes of personality to your room excites you as you begin looking for jobs. But this joy of having your own class quickly dims as the reality of the work, papers, clutter, and organization begin taking over. 

You realize, very quickly in fact, that those twenty-three bodies take up way more space than you originally thought, and don’t get us started on all the school supplies and learning materials! 

The reality of it all combined with the quick pace of the day makes you forget about the original vision you had and instead see what your classroom may really be, cluttered. 

5 MISTAKES THAT MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM LOOK AND FEEL CLUTTERED

[2:44] Mistake #1: Having Containers That Lack Functionality

[9:18] Mistake #2: Having Classroom Themes or Color Schemes that are NOT Cohesive

[14:30] Mistake #3: Having Mix Matched Labels

[19:06] Mistake #4: Displaying Trinkets and Decorations that DON’T Serve a Purpose

[24:10] Mistake #5: Filling Every Space

Our classrooms are like our second homes. We spend a lot of time in our classrooms and we want them to feel calm and inviting to guests and students. Hopefully by sharing some of the mistakes that we have made in the past, you will have the opportunity to avoid or begin transitioning your classroom into feeling less cluttered and more organized!

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