Tina H. Boogren

Tina H. Boogren, PhD, is a fierce advocate for educators, particularly for their well-being. She is the author of numerous books centered around her passion areas of quality instruction, coaching, mentoring, and wellness and is co-director of Solution Tree’s Wellness Solutions for Educators with Dr. Timothy D. Kanold. She also hosts the weekly podcast Self-Care for Educators with Dr. Tina H. Boogren. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Coaching the Whole Educator

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After more than two decades in education, I’ve come to discover how much I love, I mean love, to coach. To me, coaching is all about helping someone find their own greatness and it’s this desire that makes me jump out of bed in the morning.

In my former roles as a mentor, instructional coach, and building-level leader, my work was focused on helping both veteran and novice teachers increase their expertise in their use of various instructional strategies or school/district-wide initiatives. We spent our time focused on goal-setting, classroom observations, instructional rounds, and reflections—all in the name of working to increase student achievement.

And it worked.
Sometimes.
But sometimes it didn’t. Read more

Self-Care for Busy Educators

Planning Self-Care in Busy Times

Categories: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Based on 180 Days of Self-Care for Busy Educators

Let me start by painting a picture for you: it’s 2015, and my life is pretty amazing.

I live in the heart of Denver, where we have over 300 days of sunshine and over 80 miles of bike trails within city limits. I have a husband who supports me and loves me relentlessly. I have a puppy who’s astonishingly cute, and I enjoy leisurely brunches with my girlfriends on a regular basis. I also have my dream career. I’m working for Dr. Robert J. Marzano, an educational hero of mine for years, and I’m conducting workshops in cities I’ve never visited before, for educators who inspire me. I’m earning airline miles and status and hotel points, and it’s all so incredible.

Or, to be more honest, that’s the life I’m posting on my social media accounts, and none of that is a lie, but there’s also this hidden truth: I’m actually struggling—right below that shiny surface. Read more

Why Educators Burn Out

Why Educators Burn Out

Categories: Instruction

Based on Take Time for You

How to burn yourself out as an educator:

Get up before dawn, stay up past midnight, grade papers, or do other work on the weekends and during your child’s soccer games. Meet with parents outside of school hours—some of whom aren’t on your side. Meet with students outside of class—some of whom look you in the eye and say cruel things right to your face. Create lessons from scratch—that sometimes flop in spite of your very best intentions. Sit in PLC meetings with colleagues—some of whom don’t share the passion that you share and who aren’t doing what’s best for students. Read more

Physiological, Safety, Belonging, Esteem, Self-Actualization, and Transcendence

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A Guide to Maslows Hierarchy of Needs for Teacher Self-Care

Categories: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Based on Take Time for You

A few years ago, I had the honor of co-authoring the book Motivating and Inspiring Students: Strategies to Awaken the Learner (Marzano, Scott, Boogren, & Newcomb, 2017). As we researched the strategies and resources associated with creating environments where students can truly shine, I kept getting stuck on this question: How can we ask our teachers to motivate and inspire their students if they don’t feel motivated and inspired themselves? Read more

New Teachers, This One Is for You

This One’s for You, Beginning Teachers

Categories: Instruction

Based on The Beginning Teacher’s Field Guide: Embarking on Your First Years.

Hey, new and beginning teachers, I see you and I celebrate you, because guess what? You’re still here! And that is something to be very proud of. Did you find yourself wondering if you’d make it this far? Did November hit you like a Mack truck that continued to run you over again and again and then again all through December? I get it. I remember. I’ve been there. And I’m proud of you for surviving what is notoriously known as the Disillusionment Phase (Moir, 1999) of your first year (or so) of teaching. Read more