Giving Students Effective Instructions

Trying to get a set of instructions across to a room full of elementary school students can be…trying. Learning differences or not, students need clear, concise, to the point directions from their teachers. I’ve put together a few key points to keep in mind when communicating with your students to help maximize the chances of each student hearing your directive.

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4 Stress Management Strategies for Teachers

I typically begin my stress management programs with a conversation about how absurd it is to classify these abilities under “stress management”. I use this term because it is widely known, and, for the moment at least, it gives my groups a jumping off point in terms of expectations for our coaching time together. More literally, we work on ways to manage our internal (thoughts and feelings) and external (behaviors) response to stress. For people like us, educators, we need to strengthen our ability to practice stress relief BEFORE we feel stressed and implement coping strategies on the regular. I’ve identified 6 key ways for teachers to manage stress, remain calm in high stress situations and remain centered.

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Strategies for the Worst Day in Teaching; Energy Gains

The need for mental health support for teachers is more important than ever before. Even if you love your job, as I do, it can be stressful working in education. Recently I was taking a workplace assessment, clearly modeled after the MMPI (darn counselors, and their personality assessments!). One of the questions asked me to rate my opinion strongly agree to strongly disagree: “teaching would be great, if it

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