Big Idea #1 - Why It's So Hard for Teachers for Take Care of Themselves

Teachers and other educators lead such busy lives that trying to find the balance of work in the classroom with life outside the classroom can be challenging. There are ways to find that balance that includes time to take care of oneself. Read the article about four ways teachers and other educators can begin to take care of themselves outside the classroom.

Big Idea #2 - A neat way for students to expand their comfort zones

Hamilton Middle School in Hamilton, MT recently hosted their 'Mix It Up' lunch, where students got to meet other students in their school and expand their comfort zones at the same time. Read the article to learn how the school does it and the lunch's impact on students. You might not look at Dum Dum lollipops the same way.

Big Idea #3 - Now for something fun

Ever thought about creating your own stuffed animal Noah's Ark to teach young students about science? One school district did, and it has been a big success with their young students. Read the article to learn how they transitioned from live animals (want an iguana to visit your office?) to the stuffed animal zoo they have today.

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