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New Year’s Resolutions - 226

New Year’s Resolutions - 226

December 28, 2018


New Year's resolutions are difficult to keep. Actually, I think that is an understatement. For many, they are almost impossible to keep. But that shouldn't stop you from making them, it just means that you need to understand why they often fail and what steps you can take to do better at successfully attaining them. Did you know that one key factor in keeping resolutions is that you have to find some enjoyment in pursuing them?

As a classroom teacher or building administrator, we should have promises that we make ourselves. We should know what we need to do more of, be better at, or just try to do more of...right? Keep in mind that you want to identify something that you would find some enjoyment in learning or getting better at doing.

Here are three questions that you could ask yourself to help get you going in the right direction: (Be honest with yourself and it would be helpful to get yourself a journal and write these down and reflect on your answers.)

1. I want to learn more about ______________________.

2. I want to do better at __________________________.

3. I struggled this year with _______________________.

After answering these questions you can then create realistic goals that will help you be more successful in what you do every day to help kids achieve their dreams.

Here are some thoughts about what you might write in the blanks above:

1. Engagement

2. Contact with parents

3. Using formative assessment

4. Understanding more about and using differentiation successfully

5. Vocabulary acquisition

6. Put more stuff away

7. Classroom management

8. Seek out unique hooks for class instruction

9. Reach out to be involved in school or district committees

10. Take steps to connect with more of your students

11. Ask better questions

12. Identify which students may get overlooked because they are quiet and not easily involved in class 

I'll bet you could double the number on this list. But don't get overwhelmed, just identify what you want to accomplish (remember to find that thing that you would enjoy doing or learning about), don't name too many, and set a reasonable/attainable goal. Give yourself a deadline to start and a deadline to check your progress. Next thing you know you will be successful in accomplishing your New Year's Resolution!

Happy 2019!

 Check out these links for more information about New Year's Resolutions:

 The Psychology Behind Why We Can't Keep New Year's Resolutions

Given Up On Your New Year's Resolution? Try Again (The Right Way)

Top 10 Reasons You Don't Stick to Your Resolutions And How to Keep it from Happening this Year.


Length- 25:09

20 Low-tech Gifts for that Classroom Teacher on Your List - 225

20 Low-tech Gifts for that Classroom Teacher on Your List - 225

December 21, 2018


20 Low-tech Gifts for the Classroom Teacher on Your List.

Do you remember as a kid making a list for Santa? Did you ever sit with the Sears Wishbook or the JC Penney's Christmas catalog and circle, rip-out pages or fold the pages so that you could mark just exactly what you wanted? Ok, for those of you who missed that era Toys-R-Us, Wal-Mart, and Target have created their shopping guides. (Just not really the same thing...) Do you have a teacher to buy for? Here are my 20 suggestions for gifts for the classroom teacher in your family or who just so happens to be on your list:

1. Chart Paper

2. Mini-whiteboards

3. Dry erase markers

4. Colored folders

5. Pencils (Box of 500)

6. Painter's Tape

7. Baskets

8. Reading books - age appropriate

9. Bean bag chairs

10. Pencil boxes

11. Collapsable/ foldable tables

12. Folding chairs

13. Craft supplies

14. Rulers, measuring tapes

15. Scissors

16. Pencil sharpener

17. Clocks

18. File cabinet 

19. Clothes tree/Coat tree

20. Dorm rug; Colorful carpet

Hope this gives you some ideas.

Have fun!

Enjoy the holidays!

Length - 27:33

The Kindness Advantage with Dale Atkins and Amanda Salzhauer - 224

The Kindness Advantage with Dale Atkins and Amanda Salzhauer - 224

December 17, 2018

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 The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children - Everyday Ideas for Raising Kids Who Care (2018) "provides parents with a practical and concrete guide to equip their child with the skills they need to have a positive influence on the world." The Kindness Advantage "will show parents how to help their child form compassionate habits that will last a lifetime."

I think that every classroom teacher and school administrator should read "The Kindness Advantage." The authors explain the fundamentals of kindness as well as share why kindness is important. Dale and Amanda's book can help conversations that pop up in our classes as well as in the school as a whole. It is easy to read and use. 

Dale V. Atkins, PhD is a licensed psychologist with more than forty years of experience as a relationship expert focusing on families, wellness, managing stress, and living a balanced, meaningful life. Author of six books and many chapters, articles, and journals for popular and professional audiences, Dale is a featured speaker who leads seminars worldwide about raising responsible and charitable children Dale is a frequent guest expert in the media. Dale has a private psychology practice in New York City. She has two children and six grandchildren and lives in Connecticut. She can be found on Twitter @DrDaleAtkins, Facebook, and at www.drdaleatkins.com

Amanda R. Salzhauer, MSW has worked as a social worker in clinics and private practice. She has been a member of several nonprofit boards, including Riverdale Neighborhood House and the Board of Overseers for the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact. She has three children and lives in New York City.

Thanks for listening.


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Length- 49:19

Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive with Talia Milgrom-Elcott - 223

Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive with Talia Milgrom-Elcott - 223

December 10, 2018


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Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive is a new report produced by 100Kin10. Today, I'm talking with Talia Milgrom-Elcott the co-founder and executive director of 100Kin10. 

Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive focuses on what needs to happen in schools to make its teacher corps want to stay and inspire youth. In the introduction of the report, this is stated: “When teachers flourish as professionals in schools, they leave the classroom far less frequently and have significantly  higher satisfaction.” Talia talked with me about this statement as well as much more concerning the future of schools, its students, and its teachers.

Under her leadership, 100Kin10 which is focused on training and producing  100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years is becoming a reality as more than 250 leading organizations from across sectors have come together to make the goal possible by 2021.

Talia is a frequent public speaker and moderator, focusing on social innovation, science and technology, education, philanthropy, and the tenuous balancing act that is running a start-up, being a mother and trying to have a life.

Widely known for her thought leadership, she has been published or profiled in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Smithsonian, CNN Money, and US News and World Report.

Talia lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.

Great information. Lots to learn and share.

Connect with Talia and Download the Report- Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive.


Email: info@100kin10.org

Link to Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers & Students Thrive



Length - 37:07

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