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Stress Reducing Life Hacks

Stress Reducing Life Hacks for Teachers

Work life balance is what every teacher strives for! But, how do you achieve it? This video is dedicated to teachers and is meant to encourage you to better manage your work life balance. We know that teachers are some of the hardest working people on earth, but because of that, you have a tendency to self-sacrifice way too much!  Teachers are stressed. Roughly 73 percent of teachers report they often find work stressful. As a result, they’re more likely to leave work physically and emotionally exhausted and to bring work home. A teacher who fails to strike a balance between work and private life risks becoming burned out.  Which leads to eventually leaving the profession.  These tips have a helpful dose of reality, proven strategies, and access to resources to help you get your work life balance under control! It is possible to teach and have a personal life! It took me years to learn how. This video will help you reach this balance much faster than I did and add years back to your life portion of your work life balance equation.

Progress Monitoring

Progress Monitoring with Google Sheets

In this video I discuss using Google Sheets to track student progress monitoring. Response to Intervention (RtI) relies on the classroom teacher or her assistant to implement the intervention with fidelity and according to the necessary steps. As an administrator, I rely on my teachers to “do it right” and my classroom observations are all that I have to ensure the implementation of the intervention, but tracking student progress was a much bigger issue for me. Something that happened too regularly for comfort was the fact that a teacher would sometimes forget to do a student’s progress monitoring. This could have happened for various reasons, absence, schedule changes, school events, or absent mindedness. When we get updates after 4 to 6 weeks and progress monitoring was not completed according to the schedule, it makes the data analysis almost impossible. Our school district is not one that is lenient when it comes to documentation of the Response to Intervention process. If we do not have documentation of it, then it did not happen. Using Google Sheets has made this an easier process.

STEAMing Gifts of 2020

Top 10 STEAMing Gifts of 2020

In this video I cover the top 10 STEAM gifts for 2020.  I provide 10+ options for gifts with creativity, problem solving, and educational value. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) is all the rage and my passion, so hopefully this will help you decide on a product(s) that are right for that special little someone in your life. I’ve tried to cover a range price points. My own children and my classroom children at school find them incredibly engaging, so everything here should be good value for the end goal.  I have made sure to cover items that work for personal gifts or for classroom fun.  In addition, the ideas cover ideas for age ranges from preschool through early adult.  No matter what you are looking for, we’ve got you covered.

Merry Covid Christmas

Merry COVID Christmas

Celebrations and parties are being limited every day by COVID-19 guidelines. School Climate and Culture is a concept that must be maintained on a daily basis and keeping that in mind makes positivity a priority. Our students are dealing with so many changes and the thought that Christmas parties might be cancelled was something that I just could not allow. We had to find ways to maintain social distancing, sanitation, and guidelines related to food distribution while still having what we consider a party. In schools, we think about students first, but when it comes to holiday parties we have to consider the faculty and staff, too. So, in this video I share ways to have both student and faculty/staff parties during this pandemic.

Edpuzzle Tutorial

How to Use Edpuzzle

EdPuzzle is a great tool for turning any video into a fully engaging lesson that incorporates assessments. It can be used to add questions to a video you find on the internet, or to a video you created. Many teachers use EdPuzzle to flip their direct instruction.  Learn how to teach remotely or directly with EdPuzzle, a video customization platform that will help transform video lessons into interactive experiences for students.  In this video, veteran educator and educational influencer, Alicia Verweij, shows teachers how to sync EdPuzzle with Google Classroom, how to create video assignments with custom edits, and questions.

Communicating stakeholders

Communicating with Stakeholders

In this video, I discuss the importance of personalizing the communication with stakeholders in school. I focus on communication with parents by using face-to-face video chat to ensure that the parents have the ability to make a connection with their child’s teacher. Also, I discuss the use of video for faculty meetings and the need to see the teacher’s faces when discussing important topics to gauge reactions. Finally, I discuss the importance of communicating with students face-to-face and how to have a virtual pep rally.

Insert Learning Chrome Extension

How To Use Insert Learning With Google Classroom

There are loads of Google Chrome Extensions for teachers in 2020, but how many do you actually use? Insert Learning is one you will find yourself unable to live without. This tutorial shows you a great free online teaching tool that you’ll be sure to add to your toolbox! In this education technology tutorial, I show you how to take a static web page and transform it into an active learning experience. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use Insert Learning to add highlighted text, sticky notes, questions, and discussion prompts to any web page. The Insert Learning extension is an easy example of how teachers can create engaging lessons to their instruction. All teachers utilize websites all the time. Now you can create more meaningful, engaging, active learning experiences for students using these same websites. This Insert Learning demo showcases one of the most useful Chrome extensions for teachers that we have found! It is a must have and regular go to for every teacher!!

Stress at School

How to Relieve Stress at School During a Pandemic

Stress is extremely debilitating.  For an educator to be their most effective self, they must be at the top of their game.  While dealing with Covid-19, our teachers have had to deal with so much more than what a regular school year would bring. The stresses that they are under can become overwhelming and can begin to affect job performance. In this video I share 4 ways for administrators to address the stress that their teachers are enduring.  These tips cost little to no money, but may be the difference between an angry teacher and a happy teacher.

Kami Chrome Extension Tutorial

How To Use Kami With Google Classroom

Kami is more than just a PDF and document annotation app. Kami is the #1 downloaded app of 2020. Kami will take any document or slide show and convert it into a pdf that is able to be annotated on, saved in a students google drive, and then submitted back to a teacher. Kami is a go-to when it comes to chromebook use and works extremely well with all learning management systems.  With Kami, teachers can make their classrooms more interactive. Kami has collaborative tools and features that are designed to improve the learning environment for students of all levels and abilities.  Learn how to use the Kami, the Google Chrome extension, and be up and running in less than 15 minutes.

Parental Involvement During a Pandemic

Parental involvement is always an important part of the education of young people, but right now it is especially important.  Even though it is greatly important, during a pandemic it is one of the hardest parts of education to maintain in a quality way.  In this video I share ways that my teachers and I have attempted to foster parental involvement at our school even though parents are not allowed to visit. I also discuss the app we are using to communicate with parents on a regular basis.

FABULOUS FUNDRAISER IDEAS FOR 2020

One question that I ask on almost a daily basis is, “How are we going to pay for it all?”  In these trying times, funds are scarce in schools.  There is so much to do and so little money for those fun things.  But it is the fun stuff that makes a school year memorable and keeps the students motivated.  I came up with some fundraising ideas that have little or no upfront costs and you can start them today.  My focus is on doing several little fundraisers at this time, due to everyone having limited funds.  But a little goes a long way.  Check out this video for those tried and true ideas.

TOP 5 DISTANCE LEARNING TOOLS FOR 2020

5 Distance Learning tools that work for any learning environment.  Are you starting the year in a Distance Learning environment? I share 5 top tools to get started and reduce stress! These 5 Distance Learning tools work for any learning environment. The beginning of the year is always tricky and with this school year being completely unconventional and even trickier, I wanted to help out by sharing these tools to help! Regardless of the learning environment you will be using these tools will help! I guarantee you will find some new tools in this video. I hope you find these tools helpful.