Finding Happiness in Work and School

Written by Cody Plumhof on . Posted in Education

Too often outside external sources define and play a roll in our perception of happiness in our own lives. Does working harder make us happier? Is this mode of thinking counter-productive? Shawn Achor teaches about "The Happy Secret to Better Work" in this 12 minutes through his Ted Talk which can help employees, teachers and students. 

 

 

 

So Long May

Written by Andrew Clark on . Posted in Uncategorized

May is on it's way out and we are about to enter June. Some of you reading this are doing so from the comfort of your beach chair because you've had your last day of school, you said goodbye to your students, and you're on vacation (or you're getting close). Some of us are still in session participating in all kinds of end of the year activities. We've been helping students check out, and we've been crossing off several to-do's from our list so that we can catch our breath before summer work begins.

My own kids are counting down the days (and I say hours and minutes) until they complete another grade level and get to move on. They are thinking that they can shut down and relax for the next few months. They always act this way for about the first 48 hours, and then the dreaded "boredom" sets in. As a parent I can think of things for them to do and I offer suggestions and sometimes those suggestions turn into actual things that they need to do. This summer I'm going to have my kids work on the Wonderopolis summer activities. I'm hoping that being curious this summer they will learn and do more. I'm going to allow them to make more decisions about what it is that they want to learn, because as they get older they can decide more. I'm sure on our road trips this summer to the Rural Schools Conference in Cedar City we will enjoy some Brains On podcasts and we'll all learn together. 

I hope your summer is full of curiosity and wonder! Catch your breath for a minute have a delicious soda from one of those awesome soda shacks and get excited for all the good things that are coming up in the next few months!

Preparing for Summer!

Written by Sallie Warnecke on . Posted in Uncategorized

As summer is quickly approaching, it is a good idea to remember how to back up your data from your computer, ipad, and other technologies that you use during the year. A great place to back up data is in a cloud storage option, such as google drive. It's as simple as a drag and drop which doesn't require a lot of time. 

As we begin to think of summer, it's also a great time to look at some good resources out there that you can use during break and upon your return from summer break. Here's a brief list:

Haiku Deck – a great tool for creating slide shows with great graphics

eMaze – another great free resource for creating captivating slide shows

goAnimate.com – free resource for creating videos

PowToon – a free resource to create animated videos and presentations

beFunky – free collage maker

picMonkey – free collage maker

Have a great summer!

 

#UTedChat Questions for 5/17 – Preparing for Summer Learning & Fun

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

This week we have Krystal Plott (@MissPlott) a School Technology Specialist and Technology Integration Coach for Granite School District and former 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade teacher leading the discussion on Preparing for Summer Learning & Fun. This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share out your Summer Plans. If you haven't already followed Krystal via Twitter (@MissPlott) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: Are you going to attend or have attended any summer PD in the past and would recommend? #UTedChat

Q2: What is one professional book you would like to read over the summer? One fun book? #UTedChat

Q3: What do you do to take a break to feel refreshed and renewed for the upcoming school year? #UTedChat

Q4: What is one thing you can do now to make the upcoming school year easier? #UTedChat

Q5: What is one thing on your summer bucket list? #UTedChat

Q6: Summer: all work and no play, all play and no work, or somewhere in the middle? #UTedChat


Krystal Plott is a School Technology Specialist and Technology Integration Coach for Granite School District and former 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade teacher. She has presented at UCET and taught professional development for Granite School District's math department. She is proud to be a Utah State Aggie and holds a master's degree in Elementary Education, along with endorsements in Gifted Education and Educational Technology. She is a lover of Dr. Pepper, all things Disney and pink!

You can follow Krystal via Twitter at @MissPlott.

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#UTedChat Questions for 5/10 – #TeacherAppreciation

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

This week we have Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sydnee Dickson (@DicksonSyd) leading a discussion all about Teacher Appreciation. This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share out your favorite appreciation ideas. If you haven't already followed Supt. Dickson via Twitter (@DicksonSyd) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: Who comes to mind when you think of an outstanding teacher (past or present)? Why?

Q2: Who influenced you to become a teacher?

Q3: What keeps you energized to do your best work?

Q4: How can we encourage others to join and enjoy the teaching profession?

Q5: What's your favorite way to feel appreciated?


Sydnee Dickson is the Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is passionate about ensuring each student is future ready and loves engaging with thought partners.

You can follow Supt. Dickson via Twitter at @DicksonSyd.

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