Episodes
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
We all have to set boundaries in our lives. Whether you are like Bridget and drink too much diet coke or you are like Michelle and you can get engrossed in a project and commit every breath you can to getting it done. Boundaries are what helps to keep the balance in our life.    The problem with setting boundaries is not necessarily recognizing what needs to be done but how to maintain the boundary.  A lot of what we recommend in our episodes is to build discipline but we’ve also figured out...
Published 04/29/21
Join Bridget Spackman, creator of Bridging Literacy and face of the Lettered Classroom as she shares her week of navigating a busy to-do schedule and a life with two rambunctious boys, her golden-doodle, Walter, and husband.  Bridget shares how she structures her work work to ensure that she is moving forward in her business, as an educator, and spending time with family. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t...
Published 04/22/21
Are you still using a Flash Drive or External Hard Drive? Do you store all of your documents on your desktop? Is your organization system nonexistent? If you’ve said yes to any one of these questions, this podcast episode is for you.    So much of what we do as educators is now online. 2020 has thrusted our careers into the digital age and now is the time to begin embarrassing what technology can do for your productivity and for your teaching. However, new ways of going about every day can...
Published 04/15/21
Life has a way of throwing curveballs, especially during times when  you feel like you have it all together. Earlier this year we both had a period that took the rug right out from under us. It put us behind in our personal tasks, and work tasks. While this can be overwhelming and frustrating, there are strategies that have helped us not only reduce stress but also play catch-up.   While these tips we are sharing are not evolutionary, they are a good reminder during difficult times. Save this...
Published 04/01/21
Everyone experiences stress, but how we choose to handle stress can determine the impact that it has on your overall happiness and productivity. Most of us view stress with a negative connotation, but stress can in fact be healthy to experience.    Consider how diamonds are created. The pressure experienced reveals a beautiful diamond that can last for years to come. When we understand how we respond to stress then we can develop strategies for how we plan on controlling the stress in the...
Published 03/18/21
Everyday we forget tasks that need to be completed because we fail to process the information and write it down. So often, we tell ourselves “Oh, I need to remember to…” only to forget it with little hope in recovery of what we intended to do in the first place. We have a solution to this problem!    The Notes app is a free app that comes standard to Apple devices. You are able to take and store various types of notes and access the information across all Apple devices that are connected to...
Published 03/11/21
We did it! We took a personality test and we are sharing it all in today’s episode. We have been seeing a lot of educators discuss their Enneagram online and we thought it would be fun to take an enneagram ourselves and discuss what it means for our productivity as teachers.    An Enneagram personality tests describes personality in terms of nine types, each driven by their own set of core emotions, fears, and beliefs. The free test which can be found here takes about 10-15 minutes to...
Published 03/04/21
We all love a good hack. It’s not because of the creativity behind the design but because of how simple it can make seemingly complicated tasks. It can be easy to over complicate things especially when we are in search of solutions. But here is the thing, you can make small changes that add up to big results!    We’ve got 10 simple hacks that you can start to implement TODAY and start seeing amazing results. Now remember, you do not have to do all of these; in fact, we recommend that you do...
Published 02/25/21