To conclude yesterday’s consideration of “Teacher Nests,” we need to address the critical question, “So why exactly should one worry about a Teacher Nest?” The answer is simple. There is an inverse correlation between the presence of a Teacher Nest and time spent in the Power Zone. Essentially, the nest keeps us away from our students. And every second away from our students distracts from the delivery of instruction and acquisition of knowledge. That being the case, how does one (and all) go about combating the Nest? There are three simple strategies for combating nests. First, have teachers take everything that they own home at the end of every year. This practice forces us to choose between getting rid of non-essential items or lugging them back and forth. Plus, it allows the custodial staff to deep clean the building over the summer. Second, give teachers permission to not worry about decorating their rooms. When the culture of the campus is to make your room cuter than the next room, nests flourish. Have teachers focus their energy on planning instruction instead of advanced interior design. It is a more effective use of their time and is significantly more beneficial to students. Third, encourage teachers to help each other de-clutter their rooms. When my “boss” suggests that I remove or change something, I have a propensity to feel and act defensive. My “buddy” can provide the same advice and suggestions and I have an easier time acting on said advice. It feels much less judgmental. Warning: Here my warning to every school administrator who wants to address the issue of teachers nests. Walk the talk. Before you speak one word on the topic, de-nest and de-clutter your office first. And keep it that way. If you are unwilling or unable to do this, keep your directives to yourself. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on! Follow Sean Cain and LYS on