“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting better results”

My dad took me to my first Packer game in September of 1990, against the Chicago Bears. As an eight year old, I knew nothing about football other than maybe the shape of the ball and that people got tackled. Regardless, I was as excited as a pig in mud to go to historic Lambeau Field with my father. As we drove the one hour drive to the game from Sheboygan my father told me about some of the Packer players including quarterback Don Majkowski, nicknamed Magic Man. …


Ok, most runners like to run! We would much rather run than jump in a pool or ride some bike 50 miles. That said, cross-training can be used with running to help you improve and avoid injuries. Here are 5 great ways to utilize cross-training.

  1. Take an easy bike ride or swim the day after a hard workout or race.

It is probably best to limit time on your feet if you are feeling muscle aches from a hard workout or race. That doesn’t mean that you cannot cross-train. If you have sore legs, riding a bike easy may be…


Teaching is one of the most difficult professions in the world. It takes a toll on ones physical and mental health. All educators must consider ways to improve their life and work balance as a result. Perhaps we as a society need to rethink our expectations for educators and realize that they are not machines. Here are 5 ways to make teachers happier and improve student learning.

  1. Planning time should be equivalent to teaching time

I have always said that a teacher has enough work to do to keep busy 8 hours per day WITHOUT actually teaching. When it comes…


Here are three other common myths in the field of education that we can add to the list. These three are big ones that people need to stop believing.

  1. ) Teachers get summers off!

I like to use the professional athlete example for this one. If an athlete signs a contract, gets paid millions of dollars, and does not have to report to work during the off season, no one blinks an eye. Now, an educator signs a contract to work a certain number of days and gets ridiculed because they are not working a certain part of the year…


I am going to do a series on common education myths. Now, these are going to be a bit controversial and may cause some hurt feelings for some. That said, I am going to consider anything that cannot be supported by research to be a myth. It is important that we use research to make all the instructional decisions as the future of children are at stake.

  1. Homework improves student learning.

You will not find any clear research to support that homework improves student learning. The most important thing to consider here is how the homework is used. If the…


You made it to the end of another school year. It feels like you just crossed the finish line of a marathon. Congratulations! You have jumped over hurdles, overcome challenges, pushed yourself, and at times were just completely and totally exhausted. The year was filled with ups and downs and now the ride is over.It’s time to celebrate your accomplishment and renew your spirit and energy.

Now that it is time for summer, it is time for reflection, goal setting and recharging your batteries. …


When am I ever going to use this math in real life? This is a question that every math educator has to face at some point in their career. There are lots of reasons why students need to learn math. It teaches valuable problem solving and logical thinking skills for one. Even if you are never going to use a specific skill, you will need to use similar thinking throughout life. Math builds a strong mind just as weightlifting builds a strong body. Here are some ways math educators can make math meaningful:

  1. Create word problems that connect to topics…


No doubt that America is facing a health crisis. Currently 67% of adults are overweight! Diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease are at all time high! Further the mental health of Americans is worse than that of citizens of third world countries! We need to set our children up so that they are not victims of this health crisis and one of the means to do this is by having a strong physical education / health program in schools.

Physical education class was my favorite class in school. It seemed the opposite to all of my other classes as it was…


I remember my Old Testament teacher in high school used to have our class play a big review game before every test. He would simply divide us into two teams and one member from each team would walk down to a table where he placed a bean bag. He would ask a question and the first student to grab the bag and answer it correctly gained a point for their team. I still vividly remember getting into a little bit of a tussle with my friend Chris over the beanbag as we both simultaneously grabbed it as a question was…


Mental health is just like physical health in that it is always changing. Try the following tips below to increase your chances of being happy.

Note: I am not a medical doctor so take the advice with a grain of salt.

  1. ) Start your day off with stating what you are thankful for. This can be done over a cup of coffee, while brushing your teeth, on your way to work, or before exiting your bed for the day. The key is to state and affirm the aspects of your life that you are thankful for. …

Benjamin T. Mueller, Ed.D

Educator, 5 x author, speaker, endurance athlete, education researcher, math/wellness expert.

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