Keep Calm and COVID On

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True confessions: I haven’t completed my book order yet for fall 2020. Yes, I’m one of those faculty members. I just found out that I have to comply this week so I will. Reluctantly.

But here’s what I’m not doing right now. I’m not prepping my classes, adjusting my syllabi, and definitely not thinking about all the things that may or may not happen in this dumpster fire of a year.

Yep, you heard me right. I think one of the worst things we can do right now is try to outwork or outsmart contingency. That is just worrying on paper, and worry never helps. Now again, if you love prepping and perfecting your classes amid pandemic uncertainty, then go for it! But if turning toward this work right now kills your soul a little, then don’t do it now. It will be right there for you at the end of July or the beginning of the month that shall not be named. This is not procrastination. It’s soul care.

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Why we do this!

As some of you know, I use my first two weeks of classes to schedule face-to-face meetings with individual students in my classes so that I can get to know them better. This is one of my top strategies for increasing participation in class, and it really works. But this week I had a first

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Flourishing Teacher Fall Retreat Now Available!

I’ve been working all summer on this retreat, so I’m so excited to finally make it available. If you are anxious about the start of the school year and need a vocational renewal, this retreat is for you! I extended the work I did on my book to provide strategies for success with Zoom, as

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