Slow Down

This week's topics include reasons teachers are irreplaceable, addressing former President Trump's recent conviction, and slowing down in the summer.

Slow Down
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The Friday 5

TGIF Teacher Newsletter #119

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Today is officially my last day of school. My 8th graders were promoted on Wednesday, which turned out to be a really good day. It started with portfolio presentations and ended with a parade through the halls and a school-wide Community Crew. As I reset my classroom and reflect on the year, it’s hard to believe I’ve been teaching for 25 years.

After taking a few long naps, I look forward to a summer of being outside. #3 this week is all about slowing down. Yes, please!

Have a great weekend!


Teachers vs. AI

Despite the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its touted potential to revolutionize education, humans have unique capabilities that AI cannot replicate. Teachers, with their ability to empathize, provide context, stimulate curiosity, and engage in divergent thinking, can never be fully replaced by AI. A blended approach, leveraging the strengths of both humans and AI, can create meaningful and authentic learning experiences.


Unprecedented Events

In a historical first, former U.S. President Donald Trump has been convicted of felony crimes, creating a unique teaching opportunity for educators nationwide. As the U.S. grapples with this unprecedented event, it’s an opportune time to facilitate discussions about government, politics, and media biases. This turns a moment of political upheaval into an educational tool for fostering critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and a deeper understanding of the U.S. political system.


Slow Down

Slowing down can potentially add years to your lifespan and improve your overall well-being. High-stress levels and a fast-paced lifestyle can increase your heart rate, correlating with a shorter lifespan. By slowing down, we can improve our health, make more intentional choices, and truly appreciate the world around us. This is why slowing down during your summer break from classroom duties is so important.


What Makes You Happy

“Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy.” - Leo Babauta


Teacher Commuter Playlist - Steal My Sunshine by Len

WTF - Wisdom, Thoughts, Fun

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