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094. The Teacher Burnout Sliding Scale

094. The Teacher Burnout Sliding Scale

October 14, 2021

Defining everything with a hard line can be challenging. This is because so much of life is on a sliding scale. How much money we make, the happiness we feel, how tired we are… so if we think of life (of everything really) as this sliding scale, then what is stopping us from recognizing that we might have all experienced burnout to some degree?

In episode 089. Does Balance Really Exist? We discussed how balance is really a sliding scale and this is constantly changing depending on the events happening in your life. So in other words, you have to adjust as you go in order to maintain that sense of balance. 

In this episode we share:

  • What causes teacher burnout
  • How our seasons in life can cause burnout 
  • Burnout can come in waves
  • Burnout is going to look different for everyone

Be sure to check out our previous episode 093. Our Teacher Burnout Journeys

 

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093. Our Teacher Burnout Journeys

093. Our Teacher Burnout Journeys

October 7, 2021

Every teacher has experienced some level of burnout. The pains, stressors, and overwhelming demands that come with being an educator can take its toll after a period of time; and to help you understand this a little better we want to share some statistics with you:

  • 41.3% of new teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years
  • 66% of teachers want to leave their job while 36.4% are likely to quit
  • 15% of teachers in the U.S. leave the profession every year (Alliance for Excellent Education)

After hearing those statistics, the next question that popped into your head is probably why. Why are so many teachers leaving or wanting to leave the profession? In this episode we want to dissect teacher burnout by sharing our journey with burnout. We give you specifics of what happened, why it happened, and when it happened. 

Stay tuned this month as we dig deep into understanding teacher burnout and identify the most effective tools to ensure you can overcome the challenges you face. 

 

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092. Q&A: Answering YOUR Questions

092. Q&A: Answering YOUR Questions

September 30, 2021

We get asked so many questions on how we manage our busy schedules, families, and growing to-do lists. So we headed to instagram and collected your questions to give you all another Q&A episode! In this episode we are sharing the answers to all your time management, organization and productivity questions. 

In this episode we answer your questions:

  • Teachingwithmstaub: Tips for first year teachers for setting up systems for a successful year
  • Kavyadhakal_: What are the top two time management tips you have for students?
  • _missblackstone: What productive activity would you choose if you had 2 mins, 5 mins, and 30 min to spare?
  • Pencilsandmagicwands: What are your best tips for organizing the paper monster in the classroom? 
  • Jfisher4092: How do you organize student data? 
  • jaclyn_mcgee: Digital is great! But what nondigital items are necessary to be productive, organized, etc.
  • rac0y: What type of tools do you use as timers within the classroom during activities?
  • headbandsandhappydays: Bridget - how did having kids impact all things TOP for you at home? Esp. while baby/toddler
  • mrs_ferreiras_happy_app…: Planning for parent teacher conferences
  • beccaaaa-10: How do you efficiently sort through resources left behind by another teacher?

 

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091. Google Slides: The What, Why, and How for Teachers

091. Google Slides: The What, Why, and How for Teachers

September 23, 2021

One of the most popular digital tools that teachers use is PowerPoint. This software has taken the education field by storm due to its versatility and ability to make reactive and engaging activities for kids. But what if we told you that there was another tool that would make your life even easier than PowerPoint. No more having to make sure you save the document, forgetting your laptop or flash drive at home, and experiencing crashes that lose all your work (we’ve experienced it all!). 

In this episode we are sharing the what, why and how of Google Slides. Because this platform has so many features and it can be overwhelming to list them all, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites and how you can use them. So even though you might already be using Google Slides we want to share a few features that can make your life even easier. 

In this episode we share:

  • The benefits of using Google Slides over Powerpoint 
  • How to create locked background elements
  • Exporting your slides as images
  • Converting your PowerPoint Slides into Google Slides
  • Products you can easily create using Google Slides

 

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090. Quick Tips for Teacher Time Sucking Hurdles

090. Quick Tips for Teacher Time Sucking Hurdles

September 16, 2021

We have all experienced those moments when something happens that takes all your time away from getting your to-do list checked off for the day. Like when you have to deal with a behavior issue that erupted during recess in the middle of your planning period. When you have an emergency and need to rethink your plans for the week. When your coworker comes in to vent leaving you no time to make copies.

We get hundreds of messages from teachers just like you that share all kinds of situations that take up all their time. We call these Time Sucking Hurdles. Normally, we answer one TSH a week at the start of every podcast but because of the overwhelming response, we wanted to dedicate an entire episode sharing TSH’s from teachers all over and our response to them. 

We hope you can relate to these TOP Teachers and also get a little advice that you can take back to your own classroom. Keep those Time sucking hurdles coming!

 

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089. Does Balance Really Exist?

089. Does Balance Really Exist?

September 9, 2021

We are back with another episode discussing Does Balance Really Exist? Almost one year ago we had a great discussion on the reality of balance and how each task that we do is either a plastic ball or glass ball. As the many teachers online are sharing this lens of looking at balance, we want to set the record straight on how to view plastic and glass balls. 

We then dive into the discussion of whether or not there is such a thing as balance. You won’t want to miss this chatty and power discussion as we uncover the truths behind the many hats we wear as teachers and how changing our mindsets can help us achieve clarity into obtaining a work-life balance. 

In this episode we share: 

  • How we've changed in our thinking about the seasons of life
  • We all go through adjustment periods and while it may be wobbling at first, you have to know that it will take time to gain your footing and feel more in control
  • Balance is a sliding scale of work and pleasurable activities and we have full control of where we are on the scale
  • We need to recognize that balance looks different for everyone. You have to determine what this means to you. 

If you haven’t listened to our first discussion around balance, check out episode 045: The REALITY of Establishing Balance to take a listen. 

 

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088. Teacher Desk Organization 101

088. Teacher Desk Organization 101

September 2, 2021

Your teacher desk is one of the first areas you probably set up at the beginning of the school year and one of the first places that becomes a dumping ground. Having a space that is organized can help you to feel less stressed and enjoy your day. No matter if you have an official desk or a teacher space this episode is just for you!

We are sharing 10 tips for making your teacher desk as efficient as possible. These tips can apply to any teacher work area (it doesn’t have to be a desk). Let us help you go from an overwhelmed, scattered teacher to an organized and efficient teacher who has it all together. 

In this episode we share:

  • How setting up your technology first can define the space you have left!
  • Tips for making all that tech feel less overwhelming and more tidy
  • A pro tip for organizing those cluttered drawers
  • Ways to utilize a paper sorter to your advantage
  • Where to store everything from planning materials, writing tools and that precious artwork from students

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087. Google Tasks: The What, Why, and How for Teachers

087. Google Tasks: The What, Why, and How for Teachers

August 26, 2021

This is for every teacher out there that struggles with trying to create and maintain a to-do list! We’ve used it all from sticky notes to paper planners and nothing ever stuck. This however, if you choose to commit, will completely change the way you complete your tasks. 

In this episode we are continuing the series of digital tools for teachers. We are breaking down the what, why, and how for Google Tasks. We take you into a deep dive of how to get started, why you should be using it and how to create a system that ensures you are always moving the needle forward. 

If you would like to know what other podcasts are in this series, check out the links below:

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086. The IDEAL Beginning of the Year Checklist to Save Your Sanity

086. The IDEAL Beginning of the Year Checklist to Save Your Sanity

August 19, 2021

The end and beginning of any school year is typically the most stressful time for teachers. With deadlines, to-dos from administration, gathering or packing items, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated even before you begin!

At the end of the year last year we shared 071. The IDEAL End of the Year Checklist to Save Your Sanity, and today we want to share the IDEAL checklist to help you kick off this school year. We are going to help you break down the categories that will help you brainstorm and prepare for that endless list of to-dos this fall. 

But we also have good news! If you want to follow along with the resource, you can find this and many other checklists in our digital planners available in our store. You can head over to Our Store and check out the tablet and Google Slides options to best fit your needs. 

In this episode we share:

  • How to prepare for name tags and more even without your class roster
  • Simple to-dos you can get done in front of the tv!
  • How to structure your lesson plans for the beginning of the school year
  • Every category you need to consider when planning our your BOY tasks

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085. We Watched The Home Edit… Here are Our Thoughts!

085. We Watched The Home Edit… Here are Our Thoughts!

August 12, 2021

Are you a Home Edit fan? The clear bins, rainbow colors, and perfectly organized drawers have us drooling over this series. To make things fun we decided to watch the Home Edit and give you our honest thoughts. 

We all know that inspiration comes from so many locations. We can get inspired to engage through games we play at family dinners, inspiration for decor by incorporating our interests and inspiration on how we organize and maintain systems is no different. We wanted to look at how the girls from the Home Edit use actionable tips to help them structure and organize various locations. 

In this episode we share:

  • The structure of how The Home Edit organizes a space
  • How we can take specific elements to incorporate into the classroom
  • The importance of fitting for the space
  • How to stay in the zone…. What to do with overflow?

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