Summer Reset

Topics for this week include summer reset tips for educators, movies in the classroom, and cultural differences in education.

Summer Reset
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T.G.I.F. Teacher Newsletter #71

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The summer reset is underway. Two of my favorite parts about summer are the adventures and feeling relaxed in my mind, body, and spirit on a Sunday night. This weekend we are heading to listen to Michael Franti in concert. Here's one of my favorite songs from his playlist. It has a good message, "Just Work Hard and Be Nice to People".

Have a great weekend!

In today’s newsletter…

  • Summer reset tips for educators
  • Shift in attitude toward movies in the classroom
  • Understanding cultural differences in education

The News

Here are some articles that grabbed my attention.

  • Summer Reset - As an educator, summer is a great time to reset and renew, and it's likely you're seeking ways to do so. Try incorporating research-based practices to cultivate self-compassion, resilience, and joy. You can make time for guided contemplation, meditation, drawing, and nature immersion. These activities can help you balance teaching stress throughout the school year.
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Do you find that many of your students no longer like watching movies in class? This shift in attitude towards films could stem from a combination of factors including over-saturation of media and social media usage. Students just don’t seem to think movies at school are as cool as they used to be. Shorter, more interactive video clips may be the way forward.
  • Culture and Communication - Culture can create barriers to intercultural communication in education, particularly for English language learners and their families. Understanding cultural differences is essential to developing an inclusive and effective educational system that promotes student success and well-being.
  • Resource - Here are 8 editable graphic organizer templates for Google Apps.
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Personal Development and Wellness Resources

  • The Good Stuff - Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as documented by an Australian nurse who worked in hospice care. The most common regret was not living a life true to yourself, followed by working too hard and not expressing your feelings. Others included not staying in touch with friends and not allowing yourself to be happy. It’s never too late to do something your future self will thank you for.
  • Confidence - In order to build healthy self-confidence, you must address the root cause of your low self-confidence. Worrying about things you can’t control, dwelling on past mistakes, and ignoring your wants and needs are the most common root causes of low self-confidence.
  • Why We Wait - Procrastination stems from a fight between the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex. The DUST method can help you overcome it. Try breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable steps for starters.


"We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future." — Steve Maraboli (Unapologetically You*: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

Favorite Things

  • Showerthought - We do not check the refrigerator multiple times to find new food, we check to see if our standards have dropped enough to eat what was available. [source]
  • Gadget - Thermacell Mosquito Repellent* - If you live in Mosquito country this gadget is for you. We recently went camping and the mosquitos were awful. We purchased a Thermacell and it allowed us to have a good time outside without being eaten alive.

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