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November 5, 2014

Spotted: Adhesive Envelope Put to Creative Use!

Greg D., a school leader in Washington, DC, has this Post-It brand adhesive folder (aka the Post-it Pocket) affixed to his laptop to store and carry his stuff. The envelope holds his highlighter, phone charger and other things that are tricky to…

October 29, 2014

Bring On the Beast!

By now you know I’m not just about getting things done, but prioritizing the right things to do and then protecting your time accordingly. I recently wrote about some teacher time protection strategies over here at Edutopia – and it turned out…

October 22, 2014

Little Things: An Answer to the Forgotten Staff Birthday

I’ve got a teeny, tiny efficiency thing for you today. We focus on Togetherness mostly because it helps you be better at your job and maintain your sanity. But I am also of the firm belief that Togetherness can help you be a better, kinder, more…

October 15, 2014

A Tale of Two Closets: A Personal Post

Loyal readers, you know I mostly focus on YOU. But occasionally I give you a peek into my crazy life of high travel, two full-time working parents, two kids under the age of four, and two cats. I’ve been reading this book called A Perfect…

October 8, 2014

System Tour: Sage’s Clipboard Contraption

You guys all know how much I like to talk about how to make your systems portable. Whether it’s a fancy Levenger, Arc from Staples, spiral notebook, Flexy-Friend, commercial planner, iPhone in a fanny pack, or clipboard, if it works for you and is…

September 30, 2014

Product Review: The Moleskine Planner

I meet A LOT of teachers and leaders who are in VERY committed relationships with their Moleskine Notebooks. I can see why. Moleskines are sleek, professional-looking and often super-portable, depending on which size you purchase. Rather than…

September 24, 2014

Product Review: The Uncalendar

There are a lot of commercial planners on the market, and some are better than others. For my most recent raves and rants, check here. Or here. But until now, I’ve never reviewed the Uncalendar, to which at least 2 – 3 of my workshop attendees…

September 17, 2014

Signage: Inspired by Airports and Hotels?!

I’m a sucker for clear, bold and simple signage. And I spend an extraordinary amount of time on planes and in hotels. I like to know where I’m going without having to squint at any small print, and I hate waiting without knowing why (surprise,…

September 9, 2014

Nine Tips for Delivering Together PD Sessions

This summer, I delivered a Together Teacher workshop in Houston for a group of almost 200 teachers. That’s a big room to manage! Right after, someone asked me about strategies I use to stay Together when working with large groups of adults. I…

September 3, 2014

How My Errands Can Apply to Your Classroom

Though right now I’m wrapping up my Seven-Week-17-City-Tour, when I’ve been back on the home front in the DC area, I’ve been trying to squeeze in both fun and errands. And of course, like that whole “hair adjustment” situation, I’m…