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

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

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

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

122: BetterLesson.com with Sherry MacBury

122: BetterLesson.com with Sherry MacBury

December 5, 2016


Today I am talking with Dr. Sherry MacBury from www.betterlesson.com.

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Sherry is the Director of Partnerships in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, DC for Better Lesson. She was a turnaround principal of two different high schools among other educational positions.

I recently had a chance to hear her speak at a symposium about educational innovations and thought that I would share BetterLesson.com with you. 

BetterLesson is a personalized professional development program for teachers.


The teacher talks twice monthly with a live, experienced teacher coach. The sessions last 30-45 minutes and the teacher creates a digital portfolio as a result of their talks. The coaching sessions are held virtually.


When you get a chance take a look at the page of betterlesson.com where you are introduced to the coaches and you will see the vast number of years that each coach has had in the classroom as well as get to know each of them a little bit.


Thanks for listening!



Find out more about BetterLesson.com and connect with Sherry:





Length: 30:16

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