Episodes
We’ve got to share some tough love and drop a whole lot of truth in this episode. Over the last couple of episodes we’ve been diving deep into understanding teacher burnout. Our goal is to determine the causes and learn strategies for helping to avoid burnout. In this episode we need to share what so many might need to hear and that is… “Self care is NOT the solution for teacher burnout” We see so many posts, discussions, and even receive PD all about self care. This idea that all we...
Published 10/21/21
Defining everything with a hard line can be challenging. This is because so much of life is on a sliding scale. How much money we make, the happiness we feel, how tired we are… so if we think of life (of everything really) as this sliding scale, then what is stopping us from recognizing that we might have all experienced burnout to some degree? In episode 089. Does Balance Really Exist? We discussed how balance is really a sliding scale and this is constantly changing depending on the...
Published 10/14/21
Every teacher has experienced some level of burnout. The pains, stressors, and overwhelming demands that come with being an educator can take its toll after a period of time; and to help you understand this a little better we want to share some statistics with you: 41.3% of new teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years 66% of teachers want to leave their job while 36.4% are likely to quit 15% of teachers in the U.S. leave the profession every year (Alliance for Excellent...
Published 10/07/21
We get asked so many questions on how we manage our busy schedules, families, and growing to-do lists. So we headed to instagram and collected your questions to give you all another Q&A episode! In this episode we are sharing the answers to all your time management, organization and productivity questions.  In this episode we answer your questions: Teachingwithmstaub: Tips for first year teachers for setting up systems for a successful year Kavyadhakal_: What are the top two time...
Published 09/30/21
One of the most popular digital tools that teachers use is PowerPoint. This software has taken the education field by storm due to its versatility and ability to make reactive and engaging activities for kids. But what if we told you that there was another tool that would make your life even easier than PowerPoint. No more having to make sure you save the document, forgetting your laptop or flash drive at home, and experiencing crashes that lose all your work (we’ve experienced it...
Published 09/23/21
We have all experienced those moments when something happens that takes all your time away from getting your to-do list checked off for the day. Like when you have to deal with a behavior issue that erupted during recess in the middle of your planning period. When you have an emergency and need to rethink your plans for the week. When your coworker comes in to vent leaving you no time to make copies. We get hundreds of messages from teachers just like you that share all kinds of situations...
Published 09/16/21
We are back with another episode discussing Does Balance Really Exist? Almost one year ago we had a great discussion on the reality of balance and how each task that we do is either a plastic ball or glass ball. As the many teachers online are sharing this lens of looking at balance, we want to set the record straight on how to view plastic and glass balls.  We then dive into the discussion of whether or not there is such a thing as balance. You won’t want to miss this chatty and power...
Published 09/09/21
Your teacher desk is one of the first areas you probably set up at the beginning of the school year and one of the first places that becomes a dumping ground. Having a space that is organized can help you to feel less stressed and enjoy your day. No matter if you have an official desk or a teacher space this episode is just for you! We are sharing 10 tips for making your teacher desk as efficient as possible. These tips can apply to any teacher work area (it doesn’t have to be a desk). Let...
Published 09/02/21
This is for every teacher out there that struggles with trying to create and maintain a to-do list! We’ve used it all from sticky notes to paper planners and nothing ever stuck. This however, if you choose to commit, will completely change the way you complete your tasks.  In this episode we are continuing the series of digital tools for teachers. We are breaking down the what, why, and how for Google Tasks. We take you into a deep dive of how to get started, why you should be using it and...
Published 08/26/21
The end and beginning of any school year is typically the most stressful time for teachers. With deadlines, to-dos from administration, gathering or packing items, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated even before you begin! At the end of the year last year we shared 071. The IDEAL End of the Year Checklist to Save Your Sanity, and today we want to share the IDEAL checklist to help you kick off this school year. We are going to help you break down the categories that will help...
Published 08/19/21
Are you a Home Edit fan? The clear bins, rainbow colors, and perfectly organized drawers have us drooling over this series. To make things fun we decided to watch the Home Edit and give you our honest thoughts.  We all know that inspiration comes from so many locations. We can get inspired to engage through games we play at family dinners, inspiration for decor by incorporating our interests and inspiration on how we organize and maintain systems is no different. We wanted to look at how...
Published 08/12/21
As we head back into the classroom this fall, many of us are looking to reorganize and start the year fresh. After all, having a neat and organized classroom will ensure that you maintain it, right? Well, that’s only if you are able to find the right organizational method that works for both you and your classroom. Finding a streamline organizational setup can definitely increase your productivity and help you maintain some sanity this school year. But finding the right organizational...
Published 08/05/21
Beginning of the school year means getting yourself into new routines. With new schedules, new procedures and the difficulty it can be with getting ready and heading back into the classroom, having a good routine can help make completing all the tasks in a day completed. This episode is going to give you the best digital tool that will hold your routines so that you can ease back into the classroom. Each month we have shared a deep dive into the 5 digital organization tools you need to be...
Published 07/29/21
Have you ever seen the Vogue 73 Question Videos on YouTube? Basically, someone behind the camera follows a famous person around and asks 73 rapid fire questions. You get to hear their responses but also get a little peek into their life and how they live. Well, we love to watch these videos and to make things fun this summer, we’ve decided to create our own form of rapid fire questions! In today’s episode Michelle has crafted 25 questions all around time management, organization, and...
Published 07/22/21
Michelle Emerson has had a busy summer! With her recent move to Austin, TX and purchasing a home she shares home renovations, unpacking and managing a business. Join Michelle as she shares her week in the life, summer edition.  In this episode Michelle shares:  Projects for updating and organizing her home A battle with her internet provider Getting her home ready for her parents to come for a visit Maintaining and planning for upcoming conferences presentations this summer SUBSCRIBE...
Published 07/15/21
Week in the life is back! This week Bridget is taking you behind the scenes as she organizes tackling her to-do list and spending time with her family. Join her as she walks you through organizing her week, accomplishing tasks, sharing personal stories and most importantly, enjoying her family and summer! In this episode Bridget shares: Her general schedule for working with kids at home How she tackles planning out her week to create a balance between work and family Her battle with...
Published 07/08/21
Have you ever seen the Vogue 73 Question Videos on YouTube? Basically, someone behind the camera follows a famous person around and asks 73 rapid fire questions. You get to hear their responses but also get a little peek into their life and how they live. Well, we love to watch these videos and to make things fun this summer, we’ve decided to create our own form of rapid fire questions! In today’s episode Bridget has crafted 25 questions all around time management, organization, and...
Published 07/01/21
Is there really anyone who actually enjoys managing their email accounts? We can say that this is one area that we do not particularly enjoy but that doesn’t mean we can simply let it go like Ana in the movie Frozen. Email communication is essential and if not managed correctly then you are at risk of missing important notices, forgetting important dates and misreading information that requires your attention.  In our next installment of The What, Why, and How for Teachers we are digging...
Published 06/24/21
Balancing work and relaxation can be challenging, especially after spending so many months in ‘work’ mode. You might be struggling to stop and rest your body because you are constantly filling your time with doing tasks or you might not have any motivation with doing things that will help you in being proactive so that you are not stressed in the fall.    We share some of our best tips for helping to create a work-life balance this summer. This will help you to unwind from the school year...
Published 06/17/21
We’ve got some big plans this summer and in today’s episode we are sharing where we are going, what we are doing, and some pretty major events happening in our lives right now! You will want to listen to this episode… Michelle has some exciting news!   SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be...
Published 06/10/21
Digital planning has increased in popularity over the last year. As more and more teachers begin to see the value of handling all their lessons and maintaining digital files versus paper files,  digital planning will only continue to increase. For those of you who have been watching the trend but haven't quite jumped into the digital planning world, this episode is for you. Or, if you have no idea what digital planning is, this episode is also for you!   We take a deep dive into digital...
Published 05/27/21
Let’s be honest, closing down our classrooms will look a little bit different this year. If you’re someone who has transitioned from virtual to in the classroom, there might be more things to consider as you’re prepping for your first beach getaway.    While we all might be hoping for a little more normalcy with the upcoming year, it would be a waste to simply throw everything we have done this year away. Instead, it’s important to consider how you start transitioning and using more digital...
Published 05/20/21
Are there certain areas of your life where you are happy with exactly how it is? You feel this way because it’s become a habit but have you ever sat back and considered if what you are doing is actually helping your productivity.    Today we are chatting about 5 things that teachers no longer need! Yes, we will most likely touch on something that you are still doing but should start looking for alternative methods to help boost your productivity in and outside of the classroom.    So what are...
Published 05/13/21
The end of the year can be an exhausting and challenging time for everyone. Not only are our bodies beginning to feel beat from the school year but we are experiencing more deadlines, to-dos, and constant battles with keeping our students engaged.    Using strategies that will help you be proactive are essential during these crazy times, and in today’s episode we have just the thing! As you might know, our 2021-2022 Digital Planners have launched and are available for purchase. You can find...
Published 05/06/21