My Reflections on Education

Stay Very Organized & Take a Deep Breath

Maura O'Reilly

Stay Very Organized & Take a Deep Breath
To lessen her own level of work-related stress, Amy likes to stay very organized from the beginning of the school year. She will typically go back to school earlier than required, to take time to plan out the school year. Her hard copy agenda/planner shows her what is happening weekly and daily. She meets regularly with her teaching team.

Three Go-Home-Happy Strategies for When You’ve Had a Bad Day

Maura O'Reilly

Three Go-Home-Happy Strategies for When You’ve Had a Bad Day

These three action steps are based on sound scientific studies on happiness. When we practice gratitude and praise or we purposely change our focus to the positive, we release chemicals in the brain that are connected to happiness. These three action steps are just ways to trigger the release of these happy chemicals.


Emotional Intelligence for the Teacher

Maura O'Reilly

Emotional Intelligence for the Teacher
Teachers have the ability to help with emotional intelligence in the classroom using resources like Mind Yeti. For teachers themselves, there is a growing interest in providing EI resources and practices within the working environment.

The Best Advice I've Received

Maura O'Reilly

The Best Advice I've Received

These may not be the most professional-sounding statements and probably aren’t on any list of best practices, but to me they are so helpful as they remind me to put less pressure on myself because the fate of everything does not rest in my classroom.


The Doubts of A Teacher

Maura O'Reilly

The Doubts of A Teacher

Doubt can sometimes be a powerful tool to help us grow. It is good to question our beliefs and actions. It is important to stop and reflect on what we feel isn’t going well or what we feel uncomfortable with.