Thank You for Visiting Optimized Educator!

After many years of dribs and drabs of progress on this endeavor, I have learned so much about myself, my work ethic and my true calling as an entrepreneur. While it has been a hard decision, I am finally letting OE go, in order to focus fully on a new project. Some of my work will continue to live on FaceBook, because my more popular posts continue to be shared. I still believe whole heartedly in my original mission here, to help teachers be more effective, efficient and HAPPY. Teaching is without a doubt the hardest work I have ever done and I hope I have helped you, somewhere along the way. Wishing you all the best, in your classrooms and beyond! 

Anastasia Hahn

02/02/2020


The Story of Optimized Educator

 

The gorgeous morning light streamed in, through 100 year old windows. I sat in a wonderful antique oak chair at the front of the room, rocking ever so slightly, as I sipped my second cup of freshly brewed vanilla coffee. The mug had been a gift, special ordered by my room mother.  Handmade by a local artisan, it was glazed in the same soft blues and greens of my classroom. I vaguely noticed the background music repeating again, a soothing guitar and piano lullaby thing, on the soundtrack of the waterfall projected on the big screen.

Before me were my students, just eighteen fifth graders in all, each and every one reading: silently, intently, happily.  A few stayed at their desks, but most were on the carpeted floor. They either folded themselves, cross legged, at the low Japanese style table in the center of the room, or sprawled upon small bamboo mats unrolled in their favorite spots. I turned a page in my own book and thought: Teaching doesn’t get any better than this.

We had a perfect little oasis in that room. Even parents would arrive for open house and remark that they would love to stay and work in that space. I would explain that the goal was a tranquil and "organic" environment. That the greens and the blues evoked the earth and the sky, the lamps and big windows replaced the dreaded fluorescents. That I painted my bulletin boards soothing colors and framed them with toned ribbon to create beautiful frames for student work. That I wanted clear surfaces for thoughts to float across. I designed a room I wanted to be in year after year, and one in which my students were calm, focused, and happy.

From that room, a little endeavor called the Tranquil Teacher was born. I started sharing my ideas with other teachers, helping them to organize, clear clutter, create calm routines and beautiful spaces. From that beginning, I have expanded into helping teachers not only build great classrooms, but also to increase efficiency and streamline processes in virtually every aspect of teaching.  And, beyond that, find joy and meaning in their work again. I am now sharing those ideas with a much wider audience, to help thousands of teachers find not only their bliss, but their power, as well. So, while the heart of the Tranquil Teacher still beats in all that I do, there is so much more to tell as the Optimized Educator!

 

 

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