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Slowing Down & Savoring the Season

It may seem rather counter-intuitive to propose that we all make an effort to slow down this month because, of course, it is December.Assuming you’re reading this the first week or so of the month,…Continue

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Started on Wednesday

Stop Beating Yourself Up

“IT’S TIME TO STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP.”When I speak to groups of students or educators, I make sure to touch on self-compassion as an important part of mindfulness practice.  Typically, I begin with…Continue

Started Nov 7

Teachers: Why Letting Go is Essential to Moving Forward

Letting go.  Unburdening yourself.  Making space. Becoming unencumbered.  Few would argue with the value of these behaviors, but how do we actually do it?One initial step is to explore why we resist…Continue

Started Nov 7

How Teacher Librarians Can Ease Their Transition Back Into School

Take Care of Your Body and Mind:  How Teacher Librarians Can Ease Their Transition Back into SchoolSince it’s late August, it’s time for us to get back into the swing of things at school.  As I…Continue

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Started Sep 26

 

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Slowing Down & Savoring the Season

It may seem rather counter-intuitive to propose that we all make an effort to slow down this month because, of course, it is December.Assuming you’re reading this the first week or so of the month, take a moment to think about all the events you’re scheduled to attend, the holiday preparations you need to make, and the extra errands you’ll need to run.Add to that the unique challenges we as teachers face at this time of year:  preparing end of semester assessments, grading cumulative projects,…See More
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It's Time to Stop Beating Yourself Up

“It’s time to stop beating yourself up.”When I speak to groups of students or educators, I make sure to touch on self-compassion as an important part of mindfulness practice.  Typically, I begin with the statement above, shortly followed by, “…it’s not working, nor is it doing what you think it is.” I start my overview of self-compassion with this because the experience of mentally beating oneself up is rather universal in our culture.  Just about everyone does it, and I would guess that you…See More
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How Teacher Librarians Can Ease Their Transition Back Into School

Take Care of Your Body and Mind:  How Teacher Librarians Can Ease Their Transition Back into SchoolSince it’s late August, it’s time for us to get back into the swing of things at school.  As I mentioned in my post earlier this month, transitions are hard, and we as educators need to be intentional about doing (or not doing) whatever is necessary to ease this transition. …See More
Sep 26

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Teacher Librarian
Hometown:
Brentwood, NY
Name of Your School / Library / Organization:
Eaglecrest High School Library
Library, School, or Professional Website:
http://eaglecrest.cherrycreekschools.org/Library/Pages/default.aspx
Blog or Personal Website:
http://www.teachingbalance.com/
LinkedIn URL:
http://https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-mckeown/
About Me:
I help hard-working teachers reduce their stress so they can be at their best for their students, colleagues, and families.

What began as a quest to reduce my own stress and be a happier, healthier teacher has evolved into a mission to bring mindfulness-based strategies and self-care to my educator colleagues locally and beyond. You are in the right place if you love being a teacher but are tired of feeling stressed out and exhausted by the challenges of the job.

The information you will find on this site is a reminder of what you already know in your heart:
You must prioritize your own self-care in order to enjoy your work and life with a sense of happiness and ease.

Teaching Balance is all about incorporating mindfulness into your everyday life so you can truly embody these qualities. Through my site, newsletter, and other offerings, I reference the different challenges teachers face and how to use mindfulness to best engage with them.

Since meditation is the foundation of mindfulness, I will encourage you to make it a regular practice. My seven-session "Learn to Meditate" video course can be used by beginners as a jumping off point, or can help experienced meditators to refresh their practice.

I know first-hand how difficult and stressful teaching can be. As a way to reduce my own stress, I learned mindfulness meditation and it profoundly impacted my life. Due to my ever-growing passion for bringing mindfulness to my peers, I have trained through several programs, including the Mindful Education Institute, Mindful Schools, and SMART in Education.

I geek out about many topics and enjoy taking a deep dive into things that inspire me. As a former high school English teacher and current teacher librarian, it's probably not surprising that reading is my preferred way to learn and engage with new concepts. One of my two favorite genres is rather practical and applicable to what I aspire to offer here: I am fascinated by books about personal development and which offer wisdom about how to live a full, happy life. The other genre is less practical but equally enjoyable: fantasy novels (I like to say, "If it's got a map in the front, I'll probably like it!"). I like to think of these two seemingly contradictory preferences as complementary to one another. One represents getting real about how I can grow and evolve as a person, and the other provides a healthy dose of escapism. :-)
Want to hear more about how mindfulness can help you to reduce your stress? Sign up for updates on how to use mindfulness-based strategies and join your fellow educators making the choice to prioritize self-care!

I look forward to learning from and being of service to you!

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It's Time to Stop Beating Yourself Up

“It’s time to stop beating yourself up.”

When I speak to groups of students or educators, I make sure to touch on self-compassion as an important part of mindfulness practice.  Typically, I begin with the statement above, shortly followed by, “…it’s not working, nor is it doing what you think it is.”

 

I start my overview of self-compassion with this because the experience of mentally beating oneself up is rather universal in our culture.  Just about everyone…

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Posted on October 19, 2017 at 10:44am

Transitions Are Hard - Be Gentle with Yourself

This week is teacher work week.

As I write this, I am now at home after an all-day, off site professional development training with all the certified staff at my school.  The details of the training itself aren’t particularly important.  What is important is how I felt by the end of the day: really, really tired.

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Posted on August 28, 2017 at 12:09pm

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At 5:33am on January 26, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Kristin,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 3:42pm on October 10, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Kristin

I'm compiling a list of the favorite books from famous people here. Would this be of any interest to you and your library patrons?

--J
 
 
 

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