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.
  • Taking Back Control When You Feel Powerless

    Facing an unprecedented time of unrest, including extreme discord within our social and political climate, health concerns circling around a global pandemic, and even the uncertainty and lack of control with teaching and literally what is happening in your own lives… distance learning, anyone? In some ways, the current situation we are in could even be considered chaotic. It makes sense that many of us are feeling anxious, worried, depressed, and frustrated at our lack of control with what is happening all around us.  So how do we regain some sense of control in a world that feels so out of control?
  • 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.

  • Navigating Relationships During Lockdown

    As many of us enter into the 3rd, 4th, 5th, week—or longer—of in-home confinement, it is natural that nerves are beginning to fray, and relationsh...
  • 4 Tips for Teachers to Manage Anxiety and Worry During the "Unknown"

    We don’t have to like what’s going on.  We don’t have to want it.  Or approve of it.  We get to choose how to be about THIS moment. Simply moment to moment.  We can choose to be stressed, and angry, or frustrated, or we can choose to simply be in surrender and acceptance.  Here are 4 practical tips to help you manage anxiety and worry during the "unknown."