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The inevitable has happened around here–the Queen Anne’s Lace is in full bloom, often beautifully interlaced with bright blue chicory flowers. To me this means that the start of classes is right around the corner. Of course, because of the ‘Rona this semester is a bit more difficult and anxiety-provoking than most, but I maintain my position: don’t prepare until it’s time. If you are the sort of person who loves to do class prep early because it calms you, then by all means, go for it!

But I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. It helps to remember that it is still only July 16th, and most of us have at least a good month left to pursue the reading, writing, and resting we all desperately need this summer. Try to think in terms of abundance, not scarcity. A month is a whole month!!

Imagine what it would feel like in February to suddenly be granted a month free from classes, and then you will be thinking in terms of abundance.

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

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Pandemic fatigue making you long for an early retirement?

You are not alone. After a year of pandemic pedagogy, I find myself longing even more than usual for a small hut in Ireland with no students, no internet, and plenty of books. This article in Forbes indicates that many educators find themselves on the edge of (or fully in) burnout. This is no surprise

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Women in the academy gathering at the well!

I was so honored to talk with the InterVarsity gathering for women in the academy and professions about The Flourishing Teacher. If you want a sense of what the book or the group is about, you can listen here. And as always, Keep Calm and Teach On!

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