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June 23, 2016

Five-Minute Solutions + Going Dark on the Blog for July

Inspired by my IRL friend and blogger-hero Sara’s recent reflections, I asked myself where I might be able to come up with some five-minute solutions in my own life right now. By five-minute solutions, I mean really small things I could do…

June 10, 2016

Checklist Alert: New Staff Onboarding

Whether you work at a school site, district office, or nonprofit, this time of year is often when new team members start hopping onboard. What a perfect occasion for a checklist! On a recent trip to The Management Center for my usual skulking…

March 4, 2016

To Batch or Not to Batch. . .

Many a productivity guru (or, as I like to fancy myself, an educator-who-wants-to-get-a-life guru), advocate for batch processing: grouping alike To-Do’s and doing them all at one time. You know, like during my teaching days when I would make 5…

January 26, 2016

Cloi’s Opening and Closing Routines

I met Cloi, a wonderfully Together first-grade teacher, at a recent training here in DC. From the moment we met, I was drooling over her Together Tools. There is much to share, but I honed in on her paper-based Weekly Worksheet with a focus on her…

January 21, 2016

What To Do with “Found” Time?

Most people are trying to squeeze the most they can out of their time, but what about when you have “found” time? For example, last Monday, I FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY had my TSA pre-check appointment way out in Alexandria, VA. For those…

November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving and The Power of a Post-It

It’s the time when many of us are wrapping up for the Thanksgiving holiday—and some of you may already be on vacation. It’s cold enough here in DC that I’ve got my cranberry sauce chilling on the deck. Wednesday will be a half-day for me,…

November 20, 2015

Student Checklists for the Elementary Set

Now that I’m the parent of an elementary school student, I’m always on the lookout for ways to help my five-year-old with her own Togetherness — otherwise known as executive functioning.  My brilliant friend, Analisa B., recently described the…

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