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T.G.I.F. Newsletter - Teaching Tips, Marigolds, and Marital Bliss

A newsletter for teachers and lifelong learners. Topics for this week include teaching tips, Marigolds, and marital bliss.
T.G.I.F. Newsletter - Teaching Tips,  Marigolds, and Marital Bliss
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Hello Friends and T.G.I.F. 😁 Here are some things I thought were worth sharing this week.

The News

Here are some articles that grabbed my attention.

  • Each year of teaching provides valuable lessons that can be applied for the rest of your career. Here’s an interesting list of 101 Teaching Tips, Half-Truths, and Random Musings by Terry Heick from TeachThought. There are many items on this list I connect with.
  • A good teacher helps students build skills that transfer to all classrooms and life outside of school. Self-regulation is one of the most impactful skills a teacher can help students build. Spending time developing students’ non-cognitive skills is a powerful lever to improve academic performance.
  • This article pertains to new teachers, but if you have been teaching for a while and you don’t have a “Marigold”, it’s worthwhile trying to find one. A “Marigold” is an encouraging and supportive colleague and they can make all the difference in the world.
  • I thought this was a great idea for starting out the school year. Taking time to celebrate successes at the start of the year can build positive momentum among teaching teams. You can find the thread below.

Growth

Personal Development and Wellness Resources

  • Try these tools to supercharge your personal and professional learning. I can recommend Twitter, Notion, and Readwise from personal experience.
  • If you’re planning on living to 100 you’ll find some useful tips on this list. I wish I would have read #3 before I ate so much pizza today🍕.
  • The older I get, the more I rely on to-do lists. I’m a fan of the Reminder app on my iPhone. These are the eight best to-do list apps of 2022. You'll find a nice review of each app.

Inspiration

Here is a quote I’ve been revisiting this week:

“Angry people are not always wise.” -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice*

Favorite Things

  • 💪 Persistence - After reading “Storyworthy” I’ve been reading articles by the author, Matthew Dicks. He recently wrote his 7,000th blog post. He shares some of his writing history and some of the cool things that happened as a result of his daily habit.
  • ☑ Routines - During the summer I seem to drift away from some of the routines that are good for me. Going back to school is stressful, but it also feels good to get back into the groove.
  • 👰 My Wife - It's my anniversary this weekend. Apart from being born (thanks mom), marrying my wife was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I’m looking forward to celebrating with a lengthy multi-course Cajun dinner. Blue Bayou here we come.
  • 🔧 Teacher Gadget - If you don’t yet have a staple remover tool*, it’s time. They’re a game changer.
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