• My Best Self

    Making Time for Creativity

    Full disclosure: I find teaching to be a very rewarding occupation. I love helping people, particularly young people, grow and develop into the best versions of themselves. That being said. Teaching is my job. It is not my identity. This is one of those boundaries that I fight so hard to maintain. So often when you ask people about themselves they tell you about what they do for a living, while I prefer to talk to people about what I do to live. Semantics once again to be sure, but a very important distinction which needs to made. I live by my creative life. Signs of creativity are proof that…

  • My Best Self

    Discovering the Difference Between Crucial and Critical

    The first month of school is often the hardest month in the life of a teacher, if you don’t count the last month of school, December, and testing months. This has been particularly true in 2020, as teachers scramble to figure out new procedures for in person and virtual instruction. Honestly, the best part of teaching from home is my cats and dog coming in and out of my office. The lesson that I am continually learning is how to differentiate between what is crucial and what is critical. It is an important distinction that is sometimes difficult to make because the definitions are so similar. For the sake of…

  • Effective Adulting,  My Best Self

    Better Living Through Adulting Part 3: Creating Boundaries and Finding Balance

    When virtual teaching was about to kick off for this year, the Fella and I made some very important decisions about how working from home was going to look. For the first part of lockdown, we had sat at “his and her” TV trays in the study and it largely worked out. As things have evolved, however, and life has started getting back to normal with an emphasis on business meetings and synchronous lessons, we realized our strategies were going to have to evolve as well. We were going to have to retreat to our corners in order for this to work. The Fella got a new desk for his…