Artwork for podcast Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast
207: From Crisis to Calm
23rd March 2020 • Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast • Gretchen Bridgers | Education Podcast Network
00:00:00 01:36:03

Share Episode


This podcast episode was previously recorded as a free webinar for teachers after they received the news that schools would be closing for multiple weeks due to the COVID-19 virus precaution.

Teachers will be able to:

  • Create a success plan for e-learning during the Covid-19 precaution period
  • Achieve calm, efficient work-life balance
  • Develop a workflow that maximizes time
  • Reserve time and space to be readily available for students and colleagues
  • Prioritize your well-being above all else

I know this webinar & podcast episode is going to set you up for success, not just during this chaotic time, but for the future as well. The habits and mindset you will establish for yourself will be life-giving! Grab the PDF Guide here.


  • You have got to look the part. You have got to look presentable for the kids that you’re are going to be working with, the colleagues that you are collaborating with, and the parents that you are communicating with.
  • Structure and plan what your day is going to look like and what you are going to be doing.
  • Find a place to work where you can be productive.
  • Make a schedule. Just like in the classroom where you have a very detailed schedule of what you are going to be doing at what specific time, create that for yourself.
  • No matter who it is that you are home with, set boundaries, rules and roles.
  • You don’t have to work 8 hours straight. In fact, you could be productive in less time if you are prioritizing essential tasks.
  • Get structured but be flexible until you find what works for you.
  • Set up a time where you can have a video call with your work colleagues because you are going to feel that isolation.
  • Have different markers (visual cue like wearing a lanyard) to help set boundaries.
  • Your experience over these next few weeks, or months, who knows? Is really going to begin and end with you.
  • This is a learning experience for a lot of us. We want to induce feelings of confidence and inspiration. We are going to just try it out, and see how it goes.
  • I will focus on what will have the biggest impact on my vision.
  • I can do hard things and I am not going to let challenges affect my attitude. I am going to do the best I can with what I have.
  • I am not going to worry about things that I cannot control
  • I am going to focus on what I can do with the time that I have and I will ask for help when I need it.
  • I am capable and I am worthy.
  • We have to start with our self-talk and our mindset first before we can move forward.
  • Illuminate distractions that are time sucks. Turn off your notifications.
  • Narrow the funnel of how you are delivering instruction and how families are communicating with you.
  • Set clear boundaries and add up your hours to make sure you are staying within those boundaries.
  • Use batching and blocking to make time for important tasks.
  • Prioritize your own self-care so that you can better support those that you serve.
  • Be mindful about what you are consuming
  • Connect with others
  • Give yourself grace
  • This isn’t just about your physical health but your mental health too.
  • Give kids a space to talk about their concerns and anxieties

Stamp of Approval

  • Google Calendar
  • Voxer
  • Zoom
  • Marco Polo
  • Happy Teacher Movement
  • @blessingmanifesting

Connect with Amber Harper

Connect with Danna Thomas

Grab a Slot on my Calendar

Let’s chat about your currents and develop a plan. Click below:

Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter

Join the New Teacher Support Facebook Group

Shop AAL Swag

Connect with Gretchen

  • Email:
  • Blog: Always A Lesson
  • Facebook: Always A Lesson
  • Twitter: @gschultek
  • Instagram: Always.A.Lesson
  • Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
  • Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
  • Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College

Leave a Rating and Review:

This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future.

  • Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher.
  • Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’
  • Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.”
  • Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info
  • Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best)
  • Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast
  • Click ‘Send’