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Positive Teacher Pick-Me-Ups

Every teacher has a day (or week, or month) that is draining and demoralizing. You question your effectiveness, enthusiasm, and place in the educational system. Teachers need to practice emotional self-care, and these resources will lift your spirits and let you know what a difference you are making in your community. Sometimes all we need is a quick reset and reminder that we are doing good, honorable work, even though it feels like all you've said this week was, "Keep your hands to yourself."
A Collection By Alexis Roesser
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Positive Teacher Pick-Me-Ups
  • Teach, Train, Love

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    teachtrainlove.com
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    Alexis Roesser says:
    Negativity can spread quickly throughout a school when you have a challenging group of students. Surrounding yourself with positive people, and positive resources, helps you ward off infectious negative behavior. This excellent website from a Virginia Teacher of the Year is geared toward elementary teachers and has ideas and resources to keep you light-hearted in the midst of a difficult day. Sometimes we need reminders that there are some really wonderful benefits to our jobs.
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    This is an uplifting reflection for both students and teachers. Showing students how to articulate their thankfulness will open up an emotional connection in your classroom. You could also begin your own gratitude journal and model that with students as a way to show what you are thankful for. Even if you don't want to share with your class, this is a healthy way for you to pause and examine the good things in your life.
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    This collection of stories from educators who are the very best in the profession discusses obstacles and challenges that each has overcome. A light, yet moving read to remind you why you became a teacher, and the impact of your presence in a child's life.
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    Teachers are dealing with policy changes, curriculum changes, and a never-ending deluge of policy and assessment protocols. If you are stuck in a very rigid mindset, each change will seem like a massive undertaking that cannot be accomplished. This book focuses on how change can be a positive thing, and uses the analogy of mice pursuing a piece of cheese to show how people react to changes.
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    Rita Pierson discusses the power of the relationships we forge with our children. A wonderful reminder that we may be one of the most positive and powerful influences in a child's life. After watching this, you will be ready to tackle the next day's challenges with a full heart.
Kate Asks:I love this TED talk! What are some other favorites that I should watch?!