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.

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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