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3 Simple Ways to Breathe with your Kids

Many teachers find that their entry point into mindfulness is to explore simple practices with their students. Pausing for breath breaks is one easy way to start this exploration, to bring some calm into the space, and to feel the effects of deep breaths on the body and mind. Below are three examples of breathing practices that have worked well …

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Get the Job – Interview Preparation for Teachers

Ideally, preparing for a job interview is a final step in an ongoing body of work around your career management. The more grounded your messaging is in a well-thought-out communications plan the more authentic and impactful it will be. That said, regardless of whether or not you have started that larger work, here are some things you can do to …

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Mr. Bueller’s (Mental Health) Day Off

30 years ago I had an epic day of playing hooky. I won’t go into it here for legal reasons. (I haven’t looked into the statute of limitations on some of the stuff we did.) I can say that it still has a place of honour in my memories. Now, as I enter the final act of my teaching career, …

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Questioning Expectations: The Powerful Benefits of Realizing You are Enough

One of the most striking aspects of teaching is that while you appear to be ‘master of your own domain’, there is often a prevalent feeling that you are being held to an elusive external standard of ‘excellence’ that is both difficult to fully articulate and also impossible to actually attain. Most people are familiar in some way with the …

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World Teachers’ Day: We Can Do Better

This past Monday marked World Teachers’ Day (WTD), the day set aside to recognize all the wonderful contributions that teachers make to our society and planet. My own experience of WTD throughout my career has unfortunately been extremely underwhelming. In fact, most years the day has passed without even a mention over the PA system. This year I put a …

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We’re All in this Together: How a Teacher’s Mindfulness Practice can be a Gift for Kids

I’ve asked hundreds of children the question, “What do you worry about?” And I have hundreds of slips of paper with their honest and anonymous responses: “homework” “juggling school and out-of-school activities” “getting bad grades” “my parents are too busy to help me” “friends drifting apart” “my dad moving out” “making my parents proud” “my grandmother’s dying” “finding out there’s …

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Seasonal Self-Care Tips for Teachers, Part 1 – The Fall: Energy Hygiene

Fall is the unofficial New Year, especially for teachers. It is a time of change, new routines and new goals. It is also a time to conserve valuable energy so that there is enough to last all year round. The nature of teaching is demanding and many throw themselves with renewed vigor into September only to crash by November. With …

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Teachers, What is Right with this Picture?

I was recently searching online for photos to include in my new ebook for the chapter titled “Prioritize Your Wellbeing.” I entered “Happy Teacher” into the search field. While I scanned the page of thumbnails, a couple of photos jumped out at me. One is the featured image of this post (on your screen above); the second was this one: …

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Smoother Parent-Teacher Interviews

It’s that time of year again: time to meet with the parental units for your students. As the culmination of the report card season, the parent-teacher interviews are both a symbolic milestone for the year and a cathartic experience after weeks of built-up expectation. In my experience, even after the most challenging of interviews, I have felt the experience to …

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Let’s Celebrate: It’s Monday Afternoon!

A few years ago at the beginning of October I received a Facebook message from an old friend who had also become a teacher. She wrote: “Happy Monday afternoon!” I was confused. Wasn’t it 8am on a Thursday? She explained that if you take the 10 months of the school year and map them each to a half-day on a …