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6 Ways Teachers and Education Bloggers Can Use Summer Break Productively

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Once that final bell rings and the last scuffling footsteps of students running out the doors fades away, only teachers are left. After spending months working well over 40 hours per week, suddenly educators find their schedules considerably lighter for the next few months.

Of course, some much-deserved rest and relaxation is on the menu—but even so, that teacher mentality doesn’t magically disappear. Chances are your brain will start whirring soon enough, reflecting on the past year and thinking ahead of the next one. This is when blogging and content creation can really come into play!

It’s only natural you want to use your summer vacation in a way that reinvigorates your mind and ensures you’ll start off strong next year. With this in mind, teachers and education focused bloggers are continually working throughout the summer to make sure they never lose a step.

Here are six ways for educators to utilize summer break productively.

Anatomy of a Teacher

Prioritize Self-Care

Self-care is about more than pampering yourself; it’s about recharging the mental, emotional and physical “batteries” that you need in order to keep teaching well. Most educators end up putting their own needs on the back burner during the school year. So, summer is the ideal time to destress and regain some clarity. This will help you avoid burnout down the line.

Here are a few self-care tips courtesy of Edutopia:

  • Spend time on hobbies: During the school year, it’s all too easy to abandon hobbies and creative pursuits. But summer is the perfect time to dust them off. Try drawing, baking, playing a musical instrument, knitting or sewing, cooking or gardening.
  • Connect socially: Think about how many times you had to defer social plans during the school year. Now that your calendar’s wide open, you can reconnect meaningfully with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc.
  • Unplug your mind: Take at least a few minutes per day to do, well, nothing. Walk without a destination, watch a new TV show, meditate, take a nap, read something light, listen to an album all the way through or try a new podcast.
  • Exercise: Make time for regular exercise, be it your favorite intramural sport, yoga, running, dance, spin class, walking the dog, etc.

Continue Professional Development

Summer is also an excellent time to pursue professional development that’ll ultimately help you become a more well-rounded teacher and person. Look for local opportunities to take classes toward a degree or attend workshops for continuing education.

For teachers that enjoy writing, the option is always there to do some simple freelance writing work online, while also making some extra money in the process. Writing sites like Fiverr.com and iWriter.com make it easy to start getting paid for simple writing projects in your free time.

Go Over Feedback from Last Year

Once you’ve had an appropriate period of time in which to decompress, spend a day going over the feedback you received from last year—including any student evaluations, parent comments and employer assessments. Feedback is a great motivator to keep doing what’s working and switch up what isn’t. 

If you have an active blog with real visitors, you can use the feedback form and commenting options on your site to get feedback on future lesson plans, or lessons learned from the previous year.

Plan Improvements for Next Year

Let’s be honest: Your mind is probably already thinking ahead to next year, even if summer break just started. It’s only natural. You can’t help but envision and anticipate teaching another class of students. Luckily, summer is an opportune time to plan improvements for next year.

Think in terms of teaching strategies and tech tools. What would help boost engagement and active learning in your classroom? For instance, many instructors nowadays are incorporating student response systems into their lesson planning. Plug-ins like Poll Everywhere integrate into presentation software and allow learners to answer multiple-choice polls, submit free-form questions and contribute to word clouds in real time. This has proven to be one strategy for breaking up long lecture classes and getting students involved—and it’s a straightforward addition to any teacher’s toolkit.

There are also likely some areas in which you can easily identify what you’d like to do better next year. Spend time reflecting on what fell short last year so you can improve it next time around.  

Supplement Your Income

Teachers are notoriously overworked and underpaid. So, perhaps the most productive thing you can do this summer is use your skills to supplement your income. Try marketing your skills as a private tutor or writing coach for a reasonable hourly rate.

Again, if you have a blog that already has a nice following online, then why not explore your options with packing up a few creative lesson plans or education tools. There is no reason why you wouldn’t be able to sell such digital items to other teachers and schools throughout the country — as long as they are original and you have complete ownership of them.

Lead an Extracurricular

Missing school? Look for opportunities to get involved in extracurriculars. Maybe the cross-country team needs a volunteer coach. Perhaps the summer musical needs someone to help make costumes or manage props. You may even be able to start your own club! The possibilities are nearly endless here.

These are just six ways teachers can use summer break productively. Can you think of any more?

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What Bloggers Can Learn from Advanced Dish Washing Machines

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Blogging can be compared to a lot of different things, such as writers, authors, newspapers, and even media outlets. However, have you ever considered blogging quite similar to that of a dishwashing machine?

If not, you aren’t alone.

Just like a dishwashing machine, there are many different components to having a sucessful website, blog, and content on your site. All of which are also influenced by how well your writing is, and the type of audience you are attracting. But there are also many little tools, components, features, and levels of expertise factored in along the way.

With all of these little elements in mind and working all together, blogging can also be quite similar to the way advanced appliances and dish washing machines work and improve our lives on a daily basis.

How Blogging is a Lot Like a Dishwasher

Sure, it might seem funny at first to compare something like a home appliance that does cleaning, to the extremely vast and complex world of blogging — however, when it comes to creating content and coming up with new ideas on how to get more creative with content than ever before… this is just a perfect example!

To bring this concept and mentallity altogether, let’s take a look at the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher, which is quickly making headlines and gaining attention for it’s ease of use and advanced technhology.

Below you will find a listing of each of it’s features, and then how one could apply such a feature or setting into that of a blog as well.

A little fresh air equals a lot more dry.

The Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher claims AutoAir™ automatically opens the door at the end of the drying cycle to let moisture escape and fresh air circulate for better drying results.* (*Compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.)

— A fresh breath of air can do a lot for a dish washing machine when it comes to cleanliness and drying. However, the same definitely applies to that of a website, blog, or content creation as well. It’s never easy to come up with new content all the time for your sites, so every once in a while, be sure to take a fresh breath of air and see what type of new content or topics you might want to start writing about.

24” width
There’s room for up to 16 place settings. Plus, 5 wash cycles including five-level wash, 5 options like Extra Dry, and a concealed heating element.

— Much like a website or blog, there is always room for additional content, plugins, settings and theme. Just like a dishwasher, you don’t want to load it up so it’s jam packed and hard to clean everything thats inside. So with this in mind, think about how you can better organize the content on your site and the tools that allow it to run at it’s best performance, while also eliminating the junk.

Flexible 3rd rack
Accommodate the odd one out. Adding the 3rd rack with its adjustable tines can create the right fit for deep, tall, or uniquely-shaped items.

EasyGlide™ rack
Load and unload smoothly. It’s easy to adjust and move the racks, even while they’re full of dishes.

RackMatic®
Fit it all, every time. With 3 different height levels and up to 9 possible rack positions, you can customize each load for your needs.

— Just like how a dishwashing machine has additional rack for better storage and management, the web hosting associated with your site likely can do the same. However, it’s not always about getting as much space as possible, but instead knowing how to best optimize the space and resources you are working with. After all, you don’t want to throw all of your utensil (site articles) on the top rack and have them fall out of place. You would instead use the utensil rack to make sure they are all in one place and maximizing the performance of cleaning throughout your washing. In blogging terms, this can also be associated as having one powerful web hosting solution that is optimized for WordPress, so it’s running at peak peformance at all times.

24/7 Aquastop®
Protect your floors. This 4-part leak prevention system uses sensors to detect and stop leaks, and can even turn on by itself.

— One of the worst things that can happen with a dishwasher, is to have it leak water all over your kitchen. With an Aquastop in place, this can help stop leaks before they start. The best way to compare such a feature to a blog, would be to have an anti-virus and hack security solution in place. This can often be done by adding a security WordPress plugin, or going with a higher end hosting solution that offers 24/7 backup and advanced security of their own.

44-dBA noise level rating
Wash dishes in peace. Bosch dishwashers are so quiet, you have to check the exterior Infolight® to know they’re on.

— Dishwashing machines come in all different shapes and sizes. No matter how big it is, you are going to want to make sure it’s night and quiet. When a dishwasher is made by Bosch, they are made by a name and brand that is known for excellence and superior products. The same type of mindset needs to be applied when choosing a web hosting or monetization platform for your blog as well. Go with a hosting solution that is reliable and has a well-branded name. And when it comes to choosing a propert monetization method for your site, go with one that has a proven track record and success as well.

 

How Bloggers and Like Top of the Line Dishwashing Machines

Yes, the idea that bloggers are like dishwashing machines might have seemed a little silly at the beginning, but after reading through the article, you might have a bit more of a clear picture on why it’s true.

Bloggers and dish washing machines will each continue to develop over time, while also learning how to adapt to the changing enviornments around them and impriving over time.

So the next time you see your dishwashing machine… you might just think about blogging as well!

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Is Creating or Connecting More Important in Blogging?

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Both.

Creating and connecting are equally important elements in becoming a successful blogger. Creating content without building friendships means nobody knows about your content. Imagine publishing posts in a cyber cave. No one finds you and no one finds and reads your content. Connecting without creating content means nobody trusts you because you did not prove you know your stuff through creating helpful, valuable content. Imagine a high volume of traffic finds your blog through your friend network. What do people see? Nothing. Or, thin content, weakly created. You can be friends with 10,000 bloggers but if you share little valuable content you cannot gain trust or earn credibility.

This is why you need to create helpful content and build strong connections with leaders in your blogging niche.

Create

Create helpful content solving reader content through blog posts, guest post, videos and podcasts. Give readers value to become valuable in their eyes. I publish 7  to 10 or more pieces of helpful content daily to display I know what I talk about, blogging-wise. People come across my content – through my friend network – and trust my advice because I’ve been helping people through free content for years.

People dig the free-mium and buy the premium. Make money blogging by creating oodles of helpful, free content to improve your skills and to gain credibility.

If you do not create content people will not trust you. Try succeeding online with zero credibility; not gonna happen. Prove you know your stuff. Create helpful free content to prove you know your niche and to inspire readers to trust you.

Connect

Connect with top bloggers in your niche. Help them. Ask for nothing. Expect nothing. Bonds form. Friendships develop. Top bloggers promote you, endorse you, hire you and buy your stuff, amplifying your reach and multiplying your success.

Comment genuinely on top blogs from your niche. Promote top bloggers on your blog and through social media. Be generous. Ask for nothing in return. Prove you are interested in the blogger, NOT solely in what the blogger can do for you. Bonds form. Sweet blogging success flows your way.

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Imagine trying to blog without connecting, as thousands of bloggers do. Write a post. Publish the post. Share to Facebook. Retweet on Twitter. Sit there. See what happens. Wait. No traffic. No profits. Why? Literally, you publish content for your eyes only until you network generously and make friends. Nobody knows you or trusts you because you blog solo, all day long. Nobody trusts someone who is a lone wolf, who is not a team player, because you do not listen to other people and generously serve people and help people and do all the things successful bloggers do, to prove they listen, they process and they help.

Connect. Expand your reach by growing your friend network. Make blogging easier. Have fun making friends. Prosper.

Both Important

Begin creating and connecting from day 1 as a blogger. Begin creating helpful content solving reader needs and connect by commenting genuinely on blogs and by promoting fellow bloggers. Success will be yours if you follow these 2 basic blogging fundamentals.

Be patient. Good things require both generous service and time.

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Why Are You So Quick to Quit Blogging?

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Why are you so quick to quit blogging? Ask yourself that question. Wait for an honest answer. Most bloggers quit because they do not see instant results. This is delusion. This is a silly way to filter blogging. Blogging takes time, effort, generosity and trust. Develop the states of mind and you will never quit until you become a full-time blogger. But if you do not develop the states of mind you will quit quite quickly.

Be straight with yourself. Being honest about your blogging intent gives you a truthful perspective on your blogging journey. I was impatient as a new blogger and ran into all types of problems with my blog. I wanted to get rich quick. I wanted fast, easy traffic. I wanted to get something for nothing. I experienced a massive reality check because numbers did not increase for me as a new blogger. Everything actually seemed to fall apart. I went in the opposite direction of success. I seem to move directly toward failure.

After experiencing some rough moments I quit for short periods of time. Plus even when I blogged, I quit on sound, proven strategies. I was stupid. I was greedy. I was desperate. I quit blogging because I felt at the time blogging quit on me. But I made the choice to quit on blogging and to quit on following a proven, sound blogging system so this was all my fault. 100% of the time, if you struggle with your blog it is your fault. Take ownership of your struggles and take ownership of your quitting. Move in a more freeing, fun direction that allows you to see increasing success.

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Do not quit on blogging so quickly. Good things take time. Good things take generous service. But if you are filled with fear you cannot possibly see the journey through because you will quit the split second you feel frustrated or annoyed or hopeless with the blogging process. Bloggers who quit quickly simply fill their minds with fear and poverty and scarcity and lack. See scarcity, be scarcity, and you will quit really quickly because you see no possibility or opportunity or growth with your blog.

Shift your mind from scarcity to abundance by facing your fears. Feel your blogging fears. Clear these energies. See abundance around you. See your growth. Observe opportunities unfolding before your very eyes all of the time. What does it take for you to publish a genuine comment below after reading this post? Literally, about 30 seconds. But those 30 seconds can boost your blog traffic and position you to befriend top bloggers. Quitters blind themselves to these opportunities because they are so mired in fear and scarcity. Winners sees opportunities because they vibe love and abundance.

Stop being so quick to quit blogging. Feel your fears. Purge your fears. Move into abundant, generous actions that yield stunning blogging success over the long haul. Nobody succeeds overnight by quitting fast but successful bloggers who see the journey through ride out frustrating periods and free themselves through this amazing online medium. Do not quit blogging. Do not be quick to quit this inspired medium for fun, freedom and service. You have so much blogging potential. Seize it. Use it. Be present with your mental blocks. Allow your fears to move along. Do not quit blogging so darn quickly like the masses of aspiring bloggers. Ride out those tough moments. Be with your fears. See the blogging journey through to become a stunningly successful, full-time blogger.

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