November #1

Last month I gave my last workshop of the year. The feedback I received from you was quite positive and I want to thank you all. Those who came and those who wrote wishing they could. I feel very blessed to be surrounded by such inspiring and motivating teachers. Thank you again.

I have decided to do a small survey of your needs and preferences in order to design the 2016 workshops as efficiently and tailor-made as possible. Even if you are not planning to attend next year for whatever reason, I’d really appreciate it if you would take two minutes to fill out this form. You can count it as your random act of kindness. Remember it’s one of Achor’s steps to a happier life 😉


Let me set the scene: you are sipping your morning coffee, enjoying the peace and quiet of the empty kitchen, lost in your thoughts when ping! you get a Whatsapp notification that brings you back to reality. This would not be a problem if it happened just once or twice a day. But the reality is that such an intrusion in our daily life happens once or twice an hour (or even more than that!).

The benefits of the technological age are undeniable. And I’m not talking about a Back to the Future kind of reality. Technology is part of our daily lives and here to stay. Having said that, it would be irresponsible to say it does not come with any side effects. And as teachers, boy do we know about them!

I’ve written about this in previous newsletters and got great feedback from some of you, especially with the Look up video. And even though it may sound inconsistent coming from a techie newsletter, I truly believe it’s important to find the healthy happy medium between what technology has to offer and a disconnected life.

Interested in learning what the Internet is doing to our brains (and to our learning)? Enjoy this 4-minute animation. And then, disconnect 😉


Now, you might be thinking: This is a lovely idea, but I’m still getting emails I need to reply and I cannot disconnect forever. True. And you don’t have to. 

What if I tell you there’s an app for that? What if I tell you that you can type emails whenever you have time and schedule them to be sent later, at a specific date and time? Or that you can postpone the reading of an email and have it sent back to you whenever you choose? Yes, there’s an app for that and it’s incredibly user-friendly, no matter your tech expertise.

Boomerang for Gmail is a free app you can download from the Chrome Web Store and that will help you disconnect a bit.

Can’t remember what an app or extension is? No worries, you can read about it here. Curious about what Boomerang can do for you? Find all about it here.

See you in 2 weeks!

PS: Do you think one of your friends/colleagues would like to get this newsletter? Almost 100 teachers are getting this in their inboxes! You can forward them this email and they can sign up here. Sharing is caring!

PS 2: Please, remember that we’re creating a directory of teachers interested in doing videoconferences. You can take part by filling out this form

Disconnecting from our technology to reconnect with ourselves is absolutely essential for wisdom. - Arianna Huffington.

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