“Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God.” — Pythagoras

Wherever you go, there you are — this old adage reminds us that no matter where the external world takes us, our inner world is ever-present. The relationship we cultivate with ourselves and the narrative we develop around the things that happen around us have superior power in shaping our lives.

Books are often a tool to transform the voice in our head, inciting fresh perspective. These seven books get straight to the point by encouraging the reader to spend time reflecting on the inner voice. …

The meaning of student data in an outlier year.

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This time last year educator inboxes and Zoom calls were flooded with the words “unprecedented” and “pivot.” This year? As Covid-19 vaccines are distributed around the nation and pressures mount to get students out of the house, “return to campus” is underway in most states.

According to data compiled by Education Week, as of March 15th, 2021, seven state governments have ordered at least some grade levels to return to in-person instruction. While the majority of states have no order in effect, most school districts are offering a hybrid model (a mixture of remote and in-person instruction) and working to…

A top FBI negotiator’s advice on how to speak and listen when the stakes are high

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In Never Split the Difference, former lead FBI negotiator, Chris Voss, divulges a wealth of practical knowledge he gained in a long and successful career as a high-stakes negotiator. But his advice proves useful in situations far beyond hostage negotiations. His experiences bring to light valuable insight about human behavior and the subtle nuances of successful communication that can be used to navigate everything from salary negotiations, to sales, to interpersonal conflicts. The expert negotiator even recounts personal parenting experiences when these brokering tactics proved useful.

This toolbox of strategies is worth mastering. So whether you’re a teacher who wants…

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As teachers, there are many things we are tasked with doing well. The typical day draws on our skills in classroom management, lesson design, giving feedback, building relationships, communicating with families, and now — more than ever — enforcing safety procedures. While each of these practices are valuable components of the role we play as teachers, does this checklist of duties really encompass what it means to be a great teacher?

When many of us think about our “why” — the driving force that energizes us to go above and beyond for our students — it is that we have…

Jessica Walsh

Educator, writer, well-being enthusiast

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