Get Your Mind Right

Topics for this week include improving classroom management, reading instruction in all subjects, and improving your mental health.

Get Your Mind Right
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The Friday 5

TGIF Teacher Newsletter #121

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Happy Friday!

This week's quote is from Steve Maraboli. It seems like a pretty good to-do list for life. Your homework for the upcoming week is to pick three items from his quote and make them happen.

Speaking of dancing and music, it's been a while since I've heard a new song and then put it on repeat for a few plays. It happened this week. Check out this week's Teacher Commuter Playlist song, Step into Your Power.

Finally, as the sun is shining, it's the perfect time to thank every member of our Why Edify community. You rock! We are about to become over 700 members strong. It’s a great feeling to be connected with people who believe in the power of education both in and out of the classroom. Learn. Do. Reflect (perhaps out loud). Repeat.

Have a great weekend!


Under Control

Now that summer is upon us, teachers have a golden opportunity to reflect on the past year's teaching practices. Among these practices, classroom management improvements have the potential to improve your school year significantly. Effective classroom management contributes to a conducive learning environment and directly influences student behavior and, ultimately, their academic success.


It Takes a Village

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed all teachers into reading teachers. I would argue that all teachers should have been reading teachers long before COVID. A science teacher, Ian Hartigan, shares his experience of struggling with students who can't easily read key scientific terms due to pandemic-induced literacy gaps. He highlights new teaching methods and routines that have helped his students overcome these challenges and improve their reading skills.


Get Your Mind Right

Discover ten scientifically proven strategies to enhance your mental health! These approaches range from maintaining your physical health to fostering strong social connections, each contributing significantly to your mental well-being. Importantly, even small initial steps can set you on a path toward a healthier and happier life, as these strategies are interlinked, promoting a comprehensive approach to mental wellness. Set some goals centered around a few of these strategies and see their impact over the summer.


Homework Assignment

Relax. Refresh. Renew. Play. Sing. Laugh. Enjoy. Forgive. Dance. Love. Hug. Share. Kiss. Create. Explore. Hope. Listen. Dare. Trust. Dream. Learn. TODAY! - Steve Maraboli*


Teacher Commuter Playlist - Step Into Your Power by Ray LaMontagne

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