109: Teacher Overboard

The summer is upon us and teachers are busy relaxing… nope, teachers are busy preparing for a successful school year. This busyness is translating into going overboard in their preparation- especially due to Pinterest/Instagram photos of classroom set ups and inner workings in other classrooms around the world. Tune in to hear how to deal with the pressure of keeping up and making decisions that solely have an impact on student achievement.


  • “I feel badly for new teachers coming into this career thinking that everybody needs to do this.” – Original Poster
  • “Just because you have a pretty room doesn’t mean kids are learning.” – Laura
  • “My kids need me and to know I care about them.” – Caitlin
  • “I am anti teachers feeling inadequate because of the cute posts and perfect pics and causing themselves sleepless nights and empty pockets trying to keep up.” – Celeste
  • ‘We somehow begin to feel inadequate if our room isn’t picture perfect.” – Dawn
  • “Everything within reason is my life motto.” – Gretchen

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About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.