New Year #TeacherGoals

Welcome back to the new school year! We hope your summer was as great as ours! I (Zach) took a 10-day trip through the Canadian Rocky Mountains with my brother while Grayson and his family went to Arizona to hike the Grand Canyon. As awesome as summer was, we’re both ready for a new year, new excitement, new challenges, and great new students! While we took a break from blogging over the summer, we definitely didn’t turn our minds off of school. We attended and presented and many conferences and read many new educational books to fire us up for the new year! Continue reading “#TeacherGoals”


Developing An Attitude of Gratitude

The Seven Greatest Gifts We Can Give Our Students – Gift #3

We’ve blogged before about the importance of living mindfully, for teachers and students alike. Mindfulness in itself is a gift that we must strive to give to our students. We have to let them know that there’s a fulfilling way to live their lives that leads to contentment. Bringing a sense of peace, calm, and serenity to the classroom can pave the way for a culture of safety, curiosity, and deep learning. In this post, we’ll remind you of all the reasons you want to teach your students to be present in the moment, but we’ll also add another important dimension to this philosophy: cultivating the attitude of gratitude in your students and yourself.

Previously, Zach wrote about one simple word that can change one’s life: YET. There’s another magical word that our classroom reveres… and it isn’t “please” or “thank you”. The word that we put up on a pedestal (right next to yet) is: GET. Yes, the title of this blog post is an in-line rhyme. And yes, YET rhymes with GET… but the way in which this word can change the culture of your classroom is very different and equally powerful. Whereas YET can turn a fixed mindset into a growth mindset, GET plants the seeds of gratitude in the hearts and minds of our kids.

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#IMMOOC Week #1 -Building Our Dream School


For the next few weeks, we will be participating in the Innovator’s Mindset Massive Open Online Course (IMMOOC) and our blog posts will be in response to topics of discussion within the group. We look forward to blogging with everyone and reading everyone elses posts! Follow our blog and leave comments with your thoughts and follow-up questions.

Week 1 Prompt: If you could start a school from scratch, what are your “musts” and what would you not have?

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Teaching Kids to be Mindful

The Mindful Classroom

In our last post, we gave background information on the idea of mindfulness and the powerful effect it can have on people… specifically teachers! This post will focus on how we teach mindfulness to our fourth-grade students and how you can teach your students to be more mindful in school, at home, and in their everyday lives.

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Mind Full or Mindful?

8685087570_9f83cfde59_zEveryone is talking about being mindful these days. If you haven’t been approached at the “water cooler” by a colleague spouting the benefits of zen living, mailed a New York Times article cut-out by your mother about mindfulness, or seen a magazine cover showing a meditating man or woman while checking out at the grocery store, you must be living under a rock! The best part is that being mindful does not mean you have to sit cross legged meditating on the floor as depicted by Hollywood and/or the media… You can be mindful while laying in bed, sitting in a chair, walking, or in virtually anything you do!

So, with that in mind, we bring to you our own innovative spin on this positive mental health trend with this blog post about mindfulness. Our hope is that this reading will come at the perfect time for those of you who feel like we do – in that our brains might explode at any second if we have one more thing added to our plates. If anyone needs and deserves a mindful stress break, we know it’s teachers! So, sit back, relax, clear your mind, and allow yourself the time to consider welcoming Mindfulness into your life.
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