Simply Novel Blog - Teaching Tips and Ideas for Teachers

  • Beyond “self-care” - powerful tips for practicing resilience as a teacher in the midst of an ongoing crisis

    So many of us have been bombarded with daily self-care strategies - things that include “sing a song,” “eat all the chocolate,” “make yourself smile,” or “have a glass of wine.”  All of these are great—when we are dealing with minor stresses such as a rude parent interaction, or too many papers to grade, the internet going out, or having to take on an extra duty all week.  But what happens when we are literally facing a crisis—like a global pandemic, widespread fear and depression, schools that have moved virtual, and an overall sense that life is never going to be what it once was ever again?  The key is to practice resilience.
  • 4 Habits to Practice Through Challenging Times

    “Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way you cope is what makes the difference.” – Virginia Satir 

    How are you coping right now?  In the midst of COVID-19, or any crisis, difficult situation, or challenging circumstance, are you being reactive, or are you being responsive? It's a powerful question, and one that - especially during challenges - requires us to get present and check-in with ourselves.