How to help students self-assess their growth.

Each January, my husband and I measure our kids and mark their growth on the doorframe.  The kids huddle around the door to see who has grown the most — such a gratifying experience!  My son told me one year, “I didn’t think I’d grown at all this year.  But I did!” The joy of looking back and assessing our growth never grows old!  As teachers, we may look back on our first year in the classroom (or first month)… Read more »

Four ways to make your lunch break more meaningful.

I’ve asked my dear friend Dayle to write a post for this month’s Healthy Teacher installment since she is all about bringing balance, movement, and a joy to people.  I love the insight she offers as an opportunity to transform our crazy lunch schedule into something meaningful and calming.  Check out the end of this post for a special offer.  Thank you Dayle! Adult children, arm-in-arm with parents, walking granny pace down endless stretches of boardwalk; couples smooching as they… Read more »

Don't forget yourself when you plan your classroom for the school year. Here are 9 tips for eating right all year long -- and keeping you away from those faculty room temptations!

Your classroom is decorated, supplies are sorted, the Dollar Store has been ravaged, class lists are printed, lockers assigned, books sorted…yes, you feel ready for your students. But something is missing. It’s not the glue sticks or index cards…it’s how you are going to care for YOU this school year. We’ve all seen the faculty lounge — a landmine of donuts, snacks, leftover birthday cake, fast food. Things that we know we shouldn’t eat, but there they are…glittering with all… Read more »

After my post yesterday on the Periscope App, I spent some time brainstorming ways teachers could use the app in their classroom and school.  I’ve come up with quite a list, if I do say so myself! School Use for Periscope 1.  Principal morning message to teachers.  Rather than sending out a daily email to teachers, the principal could create a scope.  Think of all the positive energy a happy, enthusiastic scope would be to teachers. 2.  Email blast from… Read more »

Since last week, the Periscope app has been all over the Facebook pages, Instagram feeds, and blogs that I frequent (though it was launched in March). Periscope is a video that you share with viewers.  Viewers can interact with you by adding comments or floating hearts (so delightful!).  The video is available for 24 hours.  Viewers = the entire planet!! Like any new piece of technology, teachers immediately begin wondering how they can use it to meet the needs of their students…. Read more »