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January ushers in new opportunities and possibilities. For us educators it’s an opportunity to reflect on our challenges and mistakes, apply new learning, recommit to our short and long-term goals, and translate ideas into action.
Most of us pay close attention to how our body feels. We visit the doctor when we're sick and alter our diet when we react negatively to certain foods. But, how many of us pay attention to our mental well-being? The mind works in a similar way to the body, thriving off of healthy choices and struggling under stress.
Looking for gift ideas for the kids on your holiday shopping list? This year, I decided to give all my young nieces and nephews books instead of toys. I think their parents will appreciate fewer gadgets and gizmos, and I love the chance to help grow their libraries.
When Kim Zeugner’s fifth grade math students walk into her classroom on the first day of school, they’re going to notice something posted in the corner of the whiteboard: photographs of a broken-down school bus, covered in rust and forest growth, with the invitation to “Take a ride on the struggle bus... and GROW your brain!”