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Teaching to the TOP

Two teachers dedicated to helping you master your time, organization, and productivity!

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010. How to Feel Like a Good Teacher Without Feeling Overwhelmed

We have all felt it. You know. That feeling of success and that feeling of complete and utter defeat. When you feel really good in one area, another area suffers, and this leads you to feel self-doubt and anxiety that you are not performing the way that you should be. The answer is not to be good at everything or get all the things checked off your to-do but more about finding the balance that works for you and those individuals that are in your life.  This is the one thing that so many people ask us: “How do you do it all?” People see us and the videos we put out, but they don’t realize that we had to sacrifice a date night or got into an argument for working too hard in order to make it happen. All you see in our social media presence are happy moments.  Now while you may not be on social media, you still have a lot of parts that you play in your own life. All those parts require your attention and in order to ensure that you slow it down and pay attention to your mental and physical health, we have some tips on how to feel like a good teacher without feeling overwhelmed.  [4:46] Tips for Feeling Like a good Teacher, Mom, Wife, etc… Without Feeling Overwhelmed [5:20] Tip #1: Stop comparing yourself to other teachers [8:07] Tip #2: Let go of perfectionism [10:38] Tip #3: Say no to some things so you can say yes to other things [13:55] Tip#4: Stop moving the goal post [15:38] Tip #5: Return the focus to your students Above all, remember that what you give every day in and outside of the classroom is appreciated by so many. You are making a difference and giving back. Stop being like everyone else and instead be you. There is, after all, only one you.   SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

19mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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014. Classroom Spring Cleaning MUST DOS

Winter is on its way out and that means that it is time to start spring cleaning! It never fails that when this time of the year comes around you start to feel the itch. You know, the feeling where you need to clean absolutely EVERYTHING in sight.  However, if you are someone that starts to feel very overwhelmed by the thought of having to start cleaning and organizing your classroom, we’ve got you covered.  We are sharing our TOP must do when cleaning your classroom. Keep in mind that if this is a daunting task, recruit help from friends, family, or even coworkers by exchanging a I help you, if you help me deal.  CLASSROOM SPRING CLEANING MUST DOs [3:53] MUST DO #1: Teacher supplies [9:57] MUST DO #2: Paper filing system [14:09] MUST DO #3: Manipulatives [16:24] MUST DO #4: Teacher bag [18:12] MUST DO #5: Digital files Spring cleaning, while refreshing, can be very overwhelming, but remember that you need to go easy on yourself. These tasks do not need to be completed in a day! Choose one area and work on it over the span of a week or a few days. The important thing is to make it fit you and your lifestyle, but you MUST hold yourself accountable and get it done! Click HERE to download the FREE Classroom Spring Cleaning Checklist! SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

21mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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011. How to Leave Feeling Prepared for the Next Day

We’ve all had those moments when we wake up and we already know that attempting to make through to the day with our 20+ students is just NOT going to happen. This is where you fall under two categories: 1. You begin stressing out because you have nothing ready but need to somehow will yourself to get your plans together for a sub or 2. You have all your things laid out and ready to go so that anyone walking in can easily pick up where you left off.  Which are you?  Have your lessons and materials ready to go before you leave the next day can not only help you in emergency situations but it can also help you to feel less stressed and happier. The struggle is just getting to the point where this becomes a habit and not a chore.  In today’s episode, we are discussing the steps you can start taking today in order to feel prepared for the next.  It’s probably no surprise that checklists are an easy way to always ensuring that you are leaving feeling prepared. This was you don’t forget to leave something off on those days where your brain is a bit foggy or flustered and it becomes somewhat of a ritual for you. The benefit of having a checklist is that you can re-use it time and time again. We also love that you can share this checklist with your teacher-bestie and on those days where things just don’t go as planned you always have someone there who has your back! [5:47] STEPS FOR CREATING A CHECKLIST [5:59] Benefit of a checklist over a to-do list [7:38]Step #1: Find a repetitive task to create a checklist for [8:44] Step #2: Write down all of your steps as you are doing it [11:09] Step #3: Find ways to minimize your checklist [13:09] Step #4: Store your checklist [15:47] Step #5: Use it and reset it Click HERE to download the FREE Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Your Ideal Checklist! CONCLUSION Once you solidify your checklist, you can use it on a daily basis and know that you have finished everything you need to finish in order to be prepared for the next day! This means that you can leave school feeling stress-free! Don’t forget to go back and revise as you find that your needs are changing for that routine. We find that we did more for our learners at the beginning of the year than at the end of the year. So because their needs changed, our routines changed.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

20mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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013. Our Biggest Regret After Years in the Classroom

Have you ever reflected on your past and thought, I regret doing that as a kid, or I regret not going out more and being with my friends? Chances are there is probably something out there that resonances with you in this fashion. There is a quote that reads, There are no regrets in life, just lessons. This cannot be more true for everyone. Our lives no matter how imperfect they belong to us. It is what has molded us to the person we are today. Instead of dwelling on your regrets in life, think of them as life lessons that will help to guide your future.  We cannot change the past, but we have every bit of power to change the future.  OUR BIGGEST REGRETS AND THE LESSONS LEARNED [5:26] Spending large amounts of time and money [ 7:45] Creating Resources and Materials [12:16] Keeping up with the Jones’ [17:16] Staying late to get things done [20:32] What do we wish we had done? CONCLUSION We will always make decisions in our lives and careers that will not fit our goals. What is important to remember is that we cannot dwell on the past and the decisions that have already been made. It is better to see those decisions as life lessons and begin making a change that will continue to make our future brighter.  Don't forget to download the FREEBIE: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Teacher Productivity SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

31mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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BONUS: Bridget's Week in a Life COVID-19

Teachers all around the world are working to establish a new "normal" routine as schools are being shut down and teachers are asked to give instruction from home.  Join Bridget as she invites you to see how she navigates being a teacher during the COVID-19 shut down, a mom to two boys at home and a wife to a work-from-home husband.  You will hear how she works to schedule her day, accomplishes her goals and has to make adjustments because things just happen.  This is a week-in-the-life of a teacher at home. 

40mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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009. The TOP Strategy to be Prepared Months in Advance

We all have those teachers in our buildings. You know. The ones that have it all together and are able to leave no more than 20 minutes after the kids are dismissed. They seem so cool, calm and collected and have every resource printed and ready to go.  Each time you see them, you secretly wonder “How. How are they able to do it all?” You beat yourself up because you wonder what you are doing wrong and why you can’t be like that teacher. We have all felt this way at some point in our careers. Our goal is to help give you strategies so that you can be that teacher.  We’ve broken down this topic into three important categories: Time, Productivity and Organization. See what we did there? [5:00] TIME [5:06] Using Micro-Productivity [6:56] Batching  [9:42] Plan to Tackle Your To-Dos [10:59] ORGANIZATION [18:32] PRODUCTIVITY Click HERE to download the FREE Monthly Guide to Your Planning Success! SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

23mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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007. Lesson Planning Like a PRO

This is a topic that we think you all are going to absolutely LOVE! Today, we are talking about lesson planning. Yup. We said it. Lesson Planning. We want to dive deep into getting your lesson plans done so that you can leave on Friday feeling ready for the next week.  But here is the thing, lesson planning is NOT a to-do. It’s not something you write to write down on your checklist because lesson planning is a project. In this case, it is a recurring project. When we understand that lesson planning is a project then we are more capable of tackling it with a separate process. A process that is unique to project planning.  Now, if you are already asking the question, “Am I able to apply this to any project?” Absolutely! You can! We are using lesson planning as an example for this episode because it is a project that EVERY teacher has on their plate, but you can use these steps for any project no matter if it is a one-time project or recurring project.  7 Steps to Lesson Planning Like a PRO! [6:50] Step #1: Define your End [8:37] Step #2: Set Your Deadline [10:13] Step #3: Brain Dump [14:03] Step #4: Create a List of Materials [15:28] Step #5: Group Related Tasks Together [19:10] Step #6: Find the Time to Batch [20:20] Step #7: Monitor Your Progress [20:58] Review of the Steps CONCLUSION Leaving school at the end of the week knowing that your plans are ready all the way down to the copies is truly life-changing, but it’s not rocket science. In fact, it’s quite simple when you break things down into actionable steps that allow you to see the whole process. Give this a try and be sure to share how it has worked for you! Click HERE to download the FREE Project Planning Organizer! SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

22mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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015. 5 Easy Steps to Clean and Organize Your Classroom

We can probably all identify the areas in our classrooms that could use a little TLC, but actually doing the  action steps to getting it all done, without losing your sanity, is a whole other story. In our previous episode, we talked about the essentials areas in your classroom where you may want to give a little TLC in order for you to feel organized and refreshed.  In this chat, we are sharing the actionable steps on how to follow through with the actual organizing we previously shared!  ***Also note, that these steps that we are sharing will work for any area in your life! We encourage you that as we share this during the COVID-19 shutdown you can find areas in your home where you can give a little TLC.  Many of you have heard of Marie Kondo. She took the nation by storm with her systems for finding the joy in the objects around you, or maybe you’ve heard of Clean Sweep, the hit tv series where a team of experts help homeowners transform their homes from a disaster to functional. We LOVE these two methods and have decided to make our own little method by combining the two and calling it…. The Kondo Sweep! Now let’s dive into The Kondo Sweep steps to organizing your space.  STEP #1: Gather it STEP #2: Sort it STEP #3: Organize it STEP #4: Store it STEP #5: Label it Click HERE to download the FREE 5 Easy Steps to Clean and Organize Your Classroom! CONCLUSION While the process of cleaning and organizing the materials in your classroom may seem like a treacherous task, when you have clearly defined steps, you can easily schedule what you are going to complete on specific days to reduce the overwhelm and make the task more manageable.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

22mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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008. Get More Done Using ONE Simple Trick

Batching is our JAM! When you understand the power of batching and utilize it to help you gain back your time and feel less stressed, you will never want to go back to your normal to-do list again! In our episode How to Lesson Plan Like a PRO, we talked about the power of project planning and in there we gave you a teaser that this week was all about batching. For all those out there that are already batching their work, they will tell you how it has helped them to become more efficient. It’s true.  When you bake cookies, you don’t bake one cookie at a time. NO! You batch them. This is how you need to view your productivity. When you batch your work your productivity increases and that leads to less stress and a happier YOU.  [1:37] But first! We want to hear your Time Sucking Hurdles! Be sure to click here to share your Time Sucking Hurdle with us and you can be featured in our next episode.  [4:00] In our last episode we talked a little about multitasking versus task-switching, and before we move on to the steps to get you started with batching, we want to revisit what this means. For those of you out there thinking that you are fantastic multitaskers and you don’t need batching, what if we told you that you are not truly multitasking? In fact, what if we told you that you are actually task-switching? Multitasking is the act of completing two tasks at once. For instance walking and chewing gum. Sweeping and talking on the phone. Those are examples of multitasking. Task-switching is the act of moving back and forth from one task to the next. Your brain never really gets to focus on one thing because it doesn’t have enough time to process what it is doing.  Batching helps to prevent task-switching and gets your brain laser-focused on one “like” task. So let’s stop task-switching! #LetsStopTaskSwitching Now you’re probably wondering what you can actually do for batching. Well, we’ve got you covered because there are so many areas that you can batch in your life! Answering emails, grading, lesson planning, copies, and laminating are only a few ideas that will get you started. You can also head over to the home page and signup for our 7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Teacher Productivity freebie and get so many more ideas! Now let’s jump into these steps.  5 Steps to Getting More Done [8:15] Step #1: Plan Ahead [10:26] Step #2: Decide How Long it Should Take [12:45] Step #3: Choose a Time to Batch [16:14] Step #4: Gather All of Your Materials [18:00] Step #5: Get it Done [21:22] Review the Steps CONCLUSION Remember that batching works best for projects that can be broken down to those like tasks. The hardest part is planning. Taking the time to plan each of these steps will ensure that you are successful, but we are confident that if you do follow these steps you will see the reward greater than you can imagine.  Click HERE to download the FREE Batching Organizer! Let us know what batching has done for you! Be sure to leave a comment here or over on iTunes! SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

23mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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006. How to ACTUALLY Finish Your To-Do List

We’ve all experienced the Neverending To-Do List. The list that makes you feel as though you can’t breathe and your heart is falling to the pit of your stomach. We have also experienced the satisfaction of marking items off of our to-do list and feeling the accomplishment that follows.  A To-Do list is an incredibly useful tool. It helps to keep our focus, provides us with things to accomplish when our brains are not functioning properly. A good to-do list also frees up space within your brain. Our brains, the majority of the time, cannot remember every to-do that you have thought of within any specific time frame. This is what causes the dreaded feeling of what was I getting?  at the grocery store.  When we take the time to really think about all the tasks that we need to accomplish and we write them down, you also become more present at the moment and dare I say, sleep better.  So we know that a good to-do list is valuable. We know that we can feel less stressed when we have one, but how do you ACTUALLY get those items checked off?  [3:50] Steps to ACTUALLY finishing your To-Do list [4:05] Step #1: Get it Down In this step, the focus is on how to get your to-do’s down. Writing them on random pieces of sticky notes and leaving them around the classroom, may not be as productive as you’d think.  [13:20] Step #2: Sort It Once you have your to-dos created and in one location, it is time to sort your lists. This step will help you to get rid of distraction and focus on accomplishing the to-dos that need your attention the most.  [13:55] The method that we use and that we find to be quite useful is The Eisenhower Method for Taking Action.  [16:05] If that method seems to overwhelm you a bit, start smaller by creating three categories: needs to be done today, needs to be done this week, and needs to be done this month.  [20:05] Step #3: Schedule It When are you going to do it? Yes, you have your list and you have them sorted into the most important tasks, you still need to determine when you are going to do it.  [22:35] Step #4: Get It Done Now, it’s the hardest part! Getting the list done. You have the tools, you know the strategies, but now it’s up to you to get it all done! Again, be like Nike and just do it! Keep in mind that with these to-do’s you do not want to have tasks that are recurring. These to-dos should be built into your schedule already. These are tasks that come up time and time again and not only do they have a place in your schedule but they also have their own checklist. Adding every time that you can think of will only overwhelm you.  We will be sharing more about the projects or recurring to-dos later on in another episode! We hope that you feel inspired and equipped to tackle your to-do’s and take control of your time!  Click HERE to download your FREE Finishing Your To-Do List Cheat Sheet! SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

29mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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005. How to Put Yourself First WITHOUT Feeling Guilty

We all know that the line of work that we are involved in *teaching* can be incredibly exhausting. We give so much of ourselves through our time, energy, understanding, heart, and we bare the burden of so many.  Therefore, it’s of no surprise that we take the time to remind ourselves of the importance of taking time for YOU. The more you give, the more time you need to recoup and regain your strength in order to continue giving day in and day out.  So, let’s chat about not only the why  of putting yourself first, but also the how to put yourself first. These may be things that you know or have heard before but we all need reminders to ensure that we are following through.  [2:32] THE WHY Listen and learn about the key reasons on why it is critical that you are giving back to yourself. These will be reminders but they just might be the reminders that you need.  [5:00] THE HOW-TO Learn how we give back to ourselves! We share some of our favorite ways to make sure that we are thinking about us.  Click HERE to download the FREE Self-Care Calendar! [11:40] GETTING IT ALL DONE But what about getting it all done? Well, that is going to require some responsibility and commitment on your part. We share a few tips to help get you started! CONCLUSION Remember that in order for us to take time for ourselves, we also have to hold ourselves accountable in other ways, but if you feel like you are drowning,  stop, breathe, and think about you. Refill that cup in order to pull yourself up on that raft at the end of the day.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

16mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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003. Teacher Evening Routines to Destress

If you’ve listened to episode #002 then you’ve learned our 5 ways to help build an effective morning routine, and while having a morning routine is critical to jumpstart your day on the ‘right foot’, having an evening routine to decompress from the day’s activities and all around *craziness* can be, arguably, more important.   In today’s episode, we are sharing our evening routines and the differences and commonalities between them both.  Now here is our disclaimer, THIS WILL LOOK DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE.  We are not all built the same way, have the same needs, lifestyles, habits or family and we need to be mindful of this. We also need to STOP guilting teachers for how they are choosing to spend their evenings. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been shamed for not spending enough time with our husbands or kids. That is not okay.  What’s important is how we reflect and consider all the factors happening around us in order to ensure that we are taking time for ourselves, however that may look. So while we give you an idea of what our evenings look like from the time our students leave us to the point we are in bed, remember to consider your lifestyle and what YOU need.  [4:19] BRIDGET’S EVENING ROUTINE [14:22] MICHELLE’S EVENING ROUTINE [22:38] After we shared our very different evening routines, we found some strong commonalities; so let’s take some time to discuss those commonalities and see if you have those built into your own evening routine. If you don’t, you may want to consider how to incorporate them in the future.  [23:22] First, we noticed that neither of us take anything home. [23:44] Second, we clear our tables for the next day. [24:30] Do something for YOU! CONCLUSION The most important thing to remember when you are leaving for the day and trying to destress is that you have to be focused and present during the day in order to make this work. This means staying away from the teacher’s lounge or office. Decreasing the hallway chats or the periodic scrolls through instagram.  You have to get focused and be intentional with your day so that you have the opportunity to truly destress and focus more on you at the end of the day.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

28mins

16 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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004. How to Have the Best Week of Teaching EVER

In today’s episode, we are going to tackle the key ingredients in order for you to have the absolute best week ever!  We all strive to have a great week. The kind of week where everything just seems to work in your favor and goes incredibly smoothly. From the copies, behaviors and mindset, everything seems to be perfect, but the reality is that life is very much like a drive through town. Some days can feel as though you are hitting every red  light on the street and others can feel like you are zooming to your destination.  [3:37] BE PREPARED [7:37] BLOCK YOUR DAY FOR YOU TIME [11:07] SPEND TIME CONNECTING WITH STUDENTS [14:32] FEEL POSITIVE AND MOTIVATED [18:32] FEEL PRODUCTIVE Be proactive to minimize the impact of stress. Every choice you make directly impacts the week that you will have. So no more putting things off! Get focused, stay positive and be the TOP teacher that you want to be. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEWAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

24mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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012. How to Feel Motivated When You Are Tired

We pack our bags at the end of a school day with full intentions of grading the quizzes from math class that day, reading the novel that you just started with your group, or cutting out the circles that you need for tomorrow’s craft in science.  You take the treacherous walk to your car carrying your backpack, lunchbox, purse and now a bag filled with things to do. You drive up to your home and you suddenly feel this overwhelming feeling of tiredness. You still have so much to do, but instead of taking the actionable items out of your teacher bag you flop on your couch and turn Netflix on. It is so much easier to avoid the things we have because let’s face it, it’s not like you’ve been working all day *note the sarcasm. However, not getting the tasks done in our bags only leaves us stressed out and overwhelmed.  [3:23] TIPS TO FEEL MOTIVATED WHEN YOU ARE TIRED [4:01] TIP #1: Reflect on your WHY [6:44] TIP #2: Write the things you need to do down [10:33] TIP #3: Start with one small thing [12:38] TIP #4: Reduce distractions and change your scenery [15:29] TIP #5: Surround yourself with things you enjoy [19:01] TIP #6: Set a timer and work for that set amount of time [22:12] TIP #7: Take short breaks [24:23] TIP #8: Plan a reward for yourself [28:01] TIP #9: Get active [29:55] TIP #10: And if all else fails, take a power napCONCLUSIONMotivation can be difficult to find, but hopefully one or more of these tips help to inspire you to try and build the willpower to accomplishing that pesky tasks on your to-do list. Even if you are feeling completely defeated, try and find something that inspires you. Remember, we have all been there at one point in our lives; just know that there is a brighter side to the end of the rainbow.  Don't forget to download the FREEBIE: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Teacher ProductivitySUBSCRIBE & REVIEWAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

32mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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041. How to Embrace Being Flexible this Year

2020 is the year of flexibility. Once we get going and things are looking great, new plans, different situations or a complete game plan change happens in the blink of an eye. One thing is for sure, teachers like routine and stability, but how can we possibly build any of this when we don’t even know what this year has to hold?  We know that the year has been stressful and let’s be honest with one another, a lot of the time we don’t even want to think of the possibility of change because it only adds to our stress. However, if we view these new circumstances as opportunities to be flexible versus looking at it as change you’d feel better prepared and less stressed.  HOW TO EMBRACE BEING FLEXIBLE: [4:08] School/District Requirements [10:27] Lesson Plans [18:03] Students [21:35] Parents [25:56] Coworkers CONCLUSION This year is offering up a lot of challenges but when we take a step back and analyze the situation you will find that you have more control than what you think. With a little bit of prep work and creativity in how to make new situations work, you will regain control and positivity back in your day.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

29mins

8 Oct 2020

Rank #15

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030. Q&A: Your Time Management Questions Answered

We get countless questions regarding how we manage to do it all. From getting things done to managing our teaching careers with our passions and businesses, we share it all!  In this episode, we are answering YOUR questions, but because we had so many, we have organized them into three separate episodes. This is the first of three episodes and we are going to answer all your time management questions.  ANSWERING YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT QUESTIONS: Below are the questions we have answered. Even if we did not get to answer all the questions that were asked you are able to gain some informative insight into how we manage our time. Have you got any tips for not working too much during quarantine? From arrustemaj1 How do you balance your time away from school with school work on extended breaks? From ms.brittnidoyle How do you find the balance between planning ahead and being flexible? From hawth018 How do you make the best use of your planning time? We have 40 minutes a day. From thecaffinatedcandidclassroom What time management tips do you have for a student working on his BA during quarantine? From edgar 780 How to spend less time grading but still have a fair and accurate number grade for report cards? From jamiesloan14  How do I have my students have good time management but still do well in class? From teachwith_mrsguire  You seem very involved in school and other things. How do you balance it? From ali_malone4 Can you go over creating a schedule for your planning to be more productive? From heathnoel34 How do you make time for your podcast, tpt, etc. businesses on top of teaching? From wajwilliams4 How do you manage to plan time for other obligations besides teaching? Ex: Youtube From teachingwithpositivity Top tip for 1st year teachers to establish work-life balance? I start my first job in August. From baker_girl_91 How much prep time you have a week & how your contract hours compare to student hour From teachinginthegoldenstate Do you recommend planning your entire week ahead of time or preparing day to day? From arthur_dynasty How do you manage your time and stay productive in the summer? From scout1283 What is the biggest time saving tip you can give? From dashielberkofficial CONCLUSION Time management is determining the value in return for each task that you complete in a given day. Ask yourself whether the task is helping you towards your goals, and define your time blocks to completing those tasks that get you closer.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

55mins

23 Jul 2020

Rank #16

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026. Tips for Organizing Your Digital Life

Before the world was sent into a world-wide pandemic, many of us were content in our lives as paper-loving teachers. Suddenly, our world shifted and many of us were forced to accept the digital lifestyle.  But instead of focusing on the inconveniences and the problems with everything moving to digital, we have to shift our mindsets and adapt by finding ways to overcome our grievances. Today, we are sharing some small changes that you can make in order to better organize your digital life. By taking these small steps you will feel more productive and be able to better manage your time.  TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR DIGITAL LIFE Tip #1: Set Alarms Tip #2: Set Times to Complete Specific Tasks Tip #3: Streamline your Apps/Websites Tip #4: Digitize your Paperflow Tip #5: Utilize Templates CONCLUSION One of the biggest reasons so many of us have never fully committed to going digital is because we have never really had to do it. This is the time to get your feet wet and begin transitioning your life online. Start slow and small and build as you go. If you start trying too much too fast you risk feeling overwhelmed and frustrated and dropping it all together.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

40mins

25 Jun 2020

Rank #17

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024. Our Experiences in Quarantine: Struggles and Victories

We have to be honest with you all.  When word was getting out that school may start to shut down, we were actually a little excited. Now hold on! We had NO idea what this was all going to turn into, but originally, we thought this was a chance to catch-up on things and to have a break.  Fast-forward three months and here we are, still in quarantine-ish and trying to make it through to the end of the school year. That said, we’ve experienced some struggles and some victories during these last three months.  Today, we want to share with you our struggles and victories during quarantine and distance learning. Be sure to listen in on the conversation. You might find that what you were/are struggling with is the same as ours.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

44mins

11 Jun 2020

Rank #18

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020. Our TOP Secrets for Ending the School Year (Stressfree)

In our experience, there are two types of teachers when it comes to the end of the year. There are teachers who have everything packed up and their room is bare a few weeks before the school year even ends, and there are teachers who are staying several days after the school year ends to finish packing up their room because they didn’t get anything done ahead of time. We want to help you find the happy medium. This means not starting too soon but  also not waiting until the last minute to be ready for the end of the year. We want to get you to the point where your room is still functional but also can easily be finished up when your students leave. Let’s start by discussing some of the categories that you want to consider when preparing for the end of the year. Keep in mind that these are only some of the options.  Also, we have a freebie for you! Be sure to sign up for our email list and you’ll receive our  End of the Year Checklist. CATEGORIES FOR THE END OF THE YEAR [4:46] Category #1: Events [5:55] Category #2: Inventory [7:20] Category #3: Paperwork [8:43] Category #4: Organize [9:46] Category #5: Clean [12:09] Category #6: Purge [13:36] Category #7: Electronics and Technology [14:46] Category #8: Miscellaneous [15:37] TIPS FOR TACKLING THE END OF THE YEAR RESPONSIBILITIES Click HERE to download the FREE End of the Year Checklist! CONCLUSION Preparing for the end of the year is a lot! We know! But taking the time to get organized and create a plan of strategy will help to make all of your responsibilities and to-dos more manageable and less stressful.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

23mins

14 May 2020

Rank #19

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019. A Week in the Life of a Teacher - Pre-COVID 19

While we may not be in the classroom right now, there is something very motivating and inspiring about listening to others get through a work week.  Join Michelle Ferré in a week of teaching before COVID-19, and listen as she works to accomplish her goals and get things done. Michelle will share her tips and strategies that work for her as she gets through teaching, running a business, and completing grad school.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEWAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

44mins

7 May 2020

Rank #20