April is the cruelest month…

At least for educators it is. Why? It’s because spring break wasn’t nearly long enough, and the finish line is still so far away. So what can we do to get that last burst of energy needed to get to the end? Here’s my primary suggestion: double down on getting enough rest for yourself. I know that seems counterintuitive, but unless you take your need to rest seriously, you’ll be dragging to the finish. A marathon runner can’t just stop and sit down on the route, but YOU can and should. Let me give you another analogy from sports. Do you know why major league baseball pitchers try to take so much time between pitches? Because every second they are at rest contributes to greater speed on their next fast ball. Their muscles regroup. Your teaching muscles need to regroup, too, so stop prepping all the time, do something totally different, and recover them! Remember that preparation expands to fill the time you give it, so just give it less time. Trust yourself a little bit. Be creative. The students are not showing up right now because they have Zoom and pandemic fatigue, so every bit of creativity you can give to class goes an extra long way right now. And, as always, keep calm and teach on!

Soul Before Syllabi!

We are now just a few days away (again???) from the-month-that-shall-not-be-named, and what are you doing, fellow educator? Are you frantically working on syllabi? I am–but only because I’m committed to some work and other travel in the first two weeks of the month, so I have to prepare earlier than usual. If this is

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Are you on the edge of burnout?

You are not alone. This last semester was the most difficult semester I’ve encountered in my teaching career, which explains why I haven’t written in my blog in a long time. But recently I have been researching the issue and visiting a couple of places and talking with faculty about burnout. Here’s the bad news:

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Queen Anne's Lace

It’s back….the month that shall not be named!

Well friends, the Queen Anne’s Lace is out and the month has arrived: fall classes are on the way! What are you doing to get ready for for the year ahead? Hopefully not a lot of syllabus work. What I mean is, what are you doing to get ready for it spiritually? I’m headed to

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