127: 3 + 1 Ways to Not Show Frustration with the Kids

January 16, 2017


Do you ever just get so incredibly frustrated with one or two kids?

Today’s show is all about recognizing when you are frustrated and how to deal with it. Especially, when you know that it is one kid who is really driving you nuts.



So here are my 3 + 1 ways of not showing that you are frustrated:

  1. Put something happy on the wall behind the child who frustrates you.
  2. Just before the kids arrive remind yourself of something positive about the child.
  3. Make a list of positive attributes of the child and keep that list where only you can see it and revisit it during the class.

Plus One…

Put yourself in timeout….


Really, put you in timeout...go outside, take a deep breath, watch something funny, play at recess or during lunch with the kids, or how about play an instrument with the band class or participate in an art class...See where I am going with this?




So let’s talk about 6 signs of Adult Frustration

  1. Eye rolling
  2. You take a deep breath or you sigh right before talking with one specific student
  3. Exasperated statements directed at one student
  4. Angry body language
  5. Ignoring and only responding when you finally have to
  6. Overreacting

We have to get control of ourselves.

When you recognize and admit to yourself that the kid is driving you nuts then you need to take the steps to help you control you.

Look at my 6 signs of frustration and then take a look at my 3 + 1 ways of overcoming your frustration.

You will be glad that you did.

Have an awesome week!


126: Vision 2020 with Matt Jones

January 5, 2017



Today, I am talking with Matt Jones, the Chief of Staff for the Georgia Department of Education.

He is a former teacher and technology director from Toombs County, Georgia.

We get a chance to talk about what he does as Chief of Staff as well as what he liked most about working with kids as a teacher.




The focus of our talk is on the initiative Vision 2020. According to Matt, "It captures where we want to go as a state."




We talk about several of the key elements of Vision 2020 and Matt explains the point and purpose of each.

 You will hear Matt's passion and focus on the children of Georgia as well as take away a keen understanding of Georgia's focus for the next several years.

Thanks for listening! Enjoy!




Find out more information:

Georgia Department of Education

Vision 2020

Educating Georgia's Future

email Matt: mattjones@doe.k12.ga.us


Length: 37:33


125: Taking a Week Break-See You in 2017.

December 24, 2016



Hey, just wanted to let you know that we were taking a week break.

There will not be a regular show from December 25th through December 31st.

See you in 2017!

Enjoy the family and friends and celebrate!

Best wishes!








124: 5 Tips to Get Refreshed and Recharged During the Day

December 19, 2016


Does your energy ever just leave you?

Do you feel tired and in need of and extra burst of energy?

Well, there are ways that you get an extra burst of energy and it doesn't require putting an excessive dose of caffeine in your body.

You would be amazed at what simple activities can get you that refreshed and recharged feel.

Not only that but give you a great attiyude adjustment.

Suddenly you are ready to take on the world.

By the way these tricks also have side benefits, your co-workers and students will notice.




Here are my 5 Tips to get Refreshed and Recharged During the Day:

1. Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste and use them. Fresh breath. New outlook. The students will be glad to know that you know longer have coffee breath.

2. Take the next step with the mouth...use mouthwash! Oh, yeah! Minty fresh and ready to take on the world. Not only that but easy to use multiple times a day and plus your dentist will thank you because you killing the bacteria that are bad for your gums and teeth.

3. Bring anti-perspirant or deoderant and use it. It adds a positive fragrance. Removes sweat odors. Makes you feel fresh. Add on top of that an a new t-shirt or undergarment especially one that has the familiar sweet smell of your dryer sheets or detergent and you could have enough energy for two more days.

4. Use shaving cream and a razor or facial clensers. There is nothing more refreshing than lathering up and then running a quick razor over your face. It leaves you fresh and tingling. Yep. Ready to take on the world. Facial clensers do the same. Plus you get rid of that dirt and oil that is building up on your face.

5. Use bath gel and a towel. Now, I am not suggesting taking a bath or shower (If you are at a high school get to know the coaches so that you might be able to use a shower once in awhile.), but I am suggesting that you lather up your face, scrub it with warm or cool water, and feel that new life flooding back into your body!!!!




These five techniques for refreshing and recharging work. You just have to bring the tools and use them. 

They will help you feel better and have the added benefit of keeping you pleasant to be around and work with.




My favorite benefit though is that it provides an opportunity for an attitude adjustment.

Think about it.

Try these 5 Tips out.

You will find yourself refreshed and recharged.



Length: 19:56


123: Full Classrooms, Empty Selves with Jeremy S. Adams

December 11, 2016



Jeremy S. Adams is a teacher, author, speaker, and family man.

He is the author of two books:

The Secrets of Timeless Teachers: Instruction that Works in Every Generation published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

(Check out my interview with Jeremy about Secrets of Timeless Teachers)


Full Classrooms, Empty Selves: Reflections on a Decade of Teaching in an American High School published by Middleman Books 2012.




Full Classrooms, Empty Selves is Jeremy's memoir. He wrote it as a teacher after 10 years in the classroom. Instead of waiting until thinking about retirement or upon retirement Jeremy wrote this in the early part of his career. (By the way, he is still a high school teacher as well as a college level instructor.)  




He will make you think. He will inspire you. His passion for the classroom and working with kids will set your brain on fire! 

I encourage you to read Full Classrooms, Empty Selves. You will not be disapointed.

Thanks for listening. Check out the links below to find Jeremy's books as well as the two books he believes all teachers should read.




Here are links to purchasing Full Classrooms, Empty Selves:

Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Here are links to the two books Jeremy mentioned:

The Apology by Plato


Teacher by Mark Edmundson


You can connect with Jeremy on Twitter. (jeremyadams6)

Length: 54:32