#18 – “R” You Ready for Some R and R?

Unpacking Education December 16, 2020 6 min

We are preparing for the holidays and hope that you are looking forward to a winter break, as well! Our next three episodes will be a shorter format, focusing on sharing tips for rest and relaxation, as well as a countdown of our top three episodes! We hope that you join teachers around the world who have helped Tech Talk for Teachers reach nearly 20,000 downloads since we launched in August. Thank you for joining us on this journey and for all you do!

Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist

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Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.

Deborah Day


In this week’s episode, we discuss the following strategies and resources that are available on AVID Open Access for you to explore in more depth.

Rest and Recharge Countdown: Tips 9–12

As a teacher, you work in a service-providing profession and teach SEL to your students, but you may still find it hard to take the lessons that you are teaching and apply them to yourself. Winter break is the perfect time for you to take the advice that you have been giving and intentionally engage in some much-needed self-care.

Start With Remembering Your “Why”

  • Remember: What inspired you to join the profession? Why do you continue to teach? Find a note card, sticky note, or piece of paper and write your why on it. Put the note on your monitor or in a frame on your desk. Look at it every day to remind and rejuvenate yourself.
  • Reflect: We know that reflection is essential to the learning process. Learning how to best take care of ourselves is a process that also benefits from careful reflection. The Rose/Thorn/Bud is one strategy that you can use to guide your reflection.
  • Redesign: Based on your reflection, how will you redesign your professional and personal life to achieve your desired outcomes? Personally, consider how you can redesign your mindset, space, and schedule to support your self-care.
  • Relationships: As teachers, we know the importance of relationships in order for our students to thrive. We ourselves also need the support of relationships to thrive, especially now as we work to positively and effectively meet the new challenges in remote and distance learning.

Countdown of Tech Talk for Teachers’ Top 3 Episodes

At #3, with 1,428 downloads, is Episode 11: Develop Your Students’ Digital Organizational Skills: Study Spaces, Routines, and Time Management.

A critical component of every student’s educational journey is learning how to organize—both their physical learning artifacts as well as their thought process. When we add remote learning to the mix, digital organizational skills add new layers of complexity. In this week’s podcast, we’ll share strategies for helping students organize their educational life, so they can be more successful when learning at home.

Join our team as they discuss study spaces, routines, and time management for students in a digital-learning world. Rather than simply throwing a handful of digital platforms at students, we explore practical tips to help students develop a centralized process to organize their work, which in turn will help them cognitively process their learning.