Be kind to others AND yourself.

 

I read this somewhere recently, and it really made me think! When someone does us a favor, we (usually) say, “That person is kind,” rather than, “I must be pretty awesome, since that person was so nice to me.” On the flip side, sometimes when someone acts in an unkind (or even cruel) manner toward us, we sometimes feel like WE will be judged harshly by others as a result of that person’s behavior. The judgment part might be true, (humans can be a judgey lot) but that person’s unkindness says much more about them than it does about you. That person’s actions don’t characterize who you are; it characterizes them. (The way you respond to unkindness is also an action.) School is a place where we act and react hundreds of times per day. The way you choose to act will be what ultimately what defines you, so it’s important to make sure your actions match your beliefs, (and if you mess up, [we all do from time to time] it’s okay to admit that and make amends if necessary).

I heart podcasts so hard.

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As busy as we are as educators, it is easy to get behind on current events, and pop culture as well as topics that interest us personally. I have found myself filling in some of those gaps through the use of podcasts. I listen to them whilst showering, driving, or falling to sleep at night. The more I listen to podcasts, the more I think about the educational applications they have. I was listening to a podcast this morning about conspiracy theories that spurred historical events, and now all I can think about is sharing a portion of that podcast with my World History students as we head into our unit on revolutions. There are countless applications for pretty much any subject taught in school, which I would like to process through writing in the near future. For now, I’ll leave you with this: Sharing parts of (or whole) podcasts with students mixes up the way I deliver information. They often pose opportunities for critical thinking and discussion. I have a lot more to say, but limited time, so for now, I’ll post some links to some of my favorites that have potential for use in a high school classroom.

Million Word Essay


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Hello 2019! This semester I’m pulling out an old trick and asking parents and guardians to tell me about their children in a million words or fewer. I have already had a few responses and it is so lovely to read about my students in the words of someone who loves them. (I learned this trick from @char.riewer when I was a CADRE mentor through U of NE at Omaha in 2010.)

Bikes In München


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In München (Munich) many people ride bikes instead of cars or public transport. There is a special bike lane, and it is very important that you not ever stand in the bike lane because it’s very likely you will be hit! In fact, several of our travelers had near misses because they didn’t heed our tour guide’s warnings. 🚲

Hallo, Studenten!


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I spent New Year’s Eve in Munich, Germany. It was an experience I will never forget. If you have the chance to travel, seize it! It will open your eyes and change your life for the better. Frohes neues Jahr! (I will be sitting in the airport for a while today, so I will share more pictures in a little bit.

Take care of yourself.

Forever teatime

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Self-care can be tricky because it’s often the first thing we cut out if we run out of time. This school year I’m going to try to be better about prioritizing self-care. I have found if I don’t take care of me, it’s awfully hard to take care of others. This school year, I’m going to make every effort to practice a self-care routine EVERYDAY—even when it’s hard. Self-care routines don’t need to be lengthy or intricate, but they should take care of your emotional, physical, social, practical, mental, and spiritual needs. For me, this means that every day I’m going to read something enjoyable, write something meaningful, spend time alone and in silence, make something prettier than it was when I found it, eat healthy foods, and practice yoga. On some days I may spend only minutes on each of these things, but doing them every day will be what protects me in those really tough moments that life has a tendency to deal us. I hope you have or are thinking of a self-care routine for this school year too.