In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week


Sunday, May 13

There are more than you think! Learning to give thanks for what you have can work wonders for your stress level. Focusing on the positives in your life rather than the negatives increases seratonin, making you a happier you. And when you're happy, the whole classroom's happy.


Saturday, May 12

There's nothing that will grab daydreaming students' attention like throwing in a curve ball in the routine now and then. Take a break from the typical drills and move the classroom outside. Throw in a new activity. Changes in routine stimulate brain waves and enhance learning.


Friday, May 11

Feeling overwhelmed? Make small changes to your life to slowly build balance. Start with just 10 minutes a day or 1 hour per week devoted to nothing but relaxation.


Thursday, May 10

Avoid simple carbohydrates and sugar in order to avoid the afternoon doldrums. Proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates will help you maintain your energy throughout the day.


Wednesday, May 9

Afternoon stretching breaks help clear out the cobwebs.


Tuesday, May 8

You deserve flowers - even if you have to give them to yourself!

Here's a fun craft project - for the classroom or leisure time: How to make paper clip flowers


Monday, May 7

Whether it's your lucky underwear, your favorite shoes, or a colorful scarf or tie, wear something that makes you feel good! It will remind you throughout the day to appreciate yourself and have fun teaching.


Sunday, May 6

Exercise increases the process of neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.


Saturday, May 5

This weekend, remember to treat yourself to some fun! Your body and mind haven't outgrown the need to play.


Friday, May 4

Immediately and consistently respond to bullying.

Place a Notes-to-the-Teacher Box on the corner of your desk for your students to anonymously report both good and bad behavior by their peers.

Help students recognize and understand bullying.

Join students and teachers across the nation in the Stand 4 Change anti-bullying movement at http://stand4change.org

Learn about classroom management in the Concentration in Building Strong Schools offered by American College of Education.


Thursday, May 3

Whether it's the corner coffee shop, your backyard, a bench at the museum, or your desk in your classroom, choose a place that helps you get in tune with your inner creative genius.