79: Put Down Your Wallet and TEACH!

Being a teacher is about inspiring students to be their best by equipping them with the skills necessary to do so instead of buying stuff for them or a lesson that has little to no educational impact. The pressure to have a “pinterest-worthy” classroom and “Instagram- worthy” exciting lesson is taking our focus away from what we are supposed to be doing in the classroom each and every day. Tune in to hear how to still be a fun teacher and have a stunning classroom without going broke doing it.


  • That sends a message that “stuff” is more important than learning and its not
  • Keep our focus on kids instead of falling victim to our wallet
  • If you spend all of your time buying stuff you are missing out on the whole point of your job
  • You have experience working with kids so use that to your advantage to be the best at your job instead of leading the educational experience with THINGS.
  • Keep it simple and make the thinking in the lesson extraordinary
  • The more our kids get used to stuff the more they think they need it
  • Moderation moderation moderation

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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.