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Summer Goals

15 Dec

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Summer is here and so is my month long break from school. The following are my goals for the summer or at least until January 15.

De-clutter: We as teachers need to take time to let it go. Have a clean out and get rid of all those daily worries for the time being. January will bring new perspectives.

Reflect on Your School Year: Here is another opportunity to take advantage of specific starting and ending points in our profession. Make time with a colleague to reflect upon the school year. Discuss what worked, what didn’t work, and what you will do differently next year. This process will help bring closure to one year and set you up for the next year.

Spend Time With Loved Ones and Reconnect: As teachers, we spend our entire day with other people’s children. From the early morning until the late afternoon, we interact with very few adults. Take time over the summer to have adult conversations.

Have a Real Coffee: With others or By yourself. Most people don’t understand that teachers can’t go out for lunch. We just do not have the time. Do it over the summer.! Be an adult.

Read and Relax: Especially not work related content. Enough said.

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Coffee at the end of the Term

10 Jul

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At the end of the term I caught up with a few friends, all of whom are teachers, and we talked of the top priorities for us as teachers. Specifically, classroom teachers. I quickly took out a pen, yes a pen, and wrote down some of these thoughts.

These five teachers agreed on these five important factors.

  • Student well-being (“taking care of kids comes first”)
  • Lesson planning (this is a must for classroom management and student engagement)
  • Parent contact when issues arise (within 24 hrs if possible)
  • Professional Development. Stuff that will change the way we teach and effect student achievement.
  • Accurate Marking (this was more about formative assessment).

 

This was an interesting conversation. What do you see as important?

The Joys of Coffee

12 Apr

Coffee doesn’t just keep you awake, notes Kris Gunnars on the Popular Science website. It may literally make you smarter as well:

This was sent to me by a friend this week as I enter the tough winter training months.

“The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant and the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.

Caffeine’s primary mechanism in the brain is blocking the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine.

By blocking the inhibitory effects of adenosine, caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.

Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function.” (Read more here.)

We all know coffee can make us feel sharper and more alert—but it’s interesting to learn about the biochemical basis for those feelings.

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