It seems like every new school year brings new initiatives with the new students. Some teachers embrace change and adapt to it easily, while others sit back and wait for the initiatives to pass. If you are advocating for any new initiative, these strategies will assist in making it successful.
This article will have you thinking reflectively, but I like to think it’s best read and discussed in small collegial groups of like-minded professionals. I appreciate the open-ended questions because they make you think and reflect honestly.
It's possible that you won’t be able to actively practice one or two of these strategies while you’re at school teaching, but the other ten will help to keep you healthy and happy, and you can use the others when you get home at the end of your day. It’s simple advice that we don’t always take.
Education is a stressful career field. Although you can’t always control what happens in education, you can control your thoughts, emotions, and responses to the stimuli you experience every day. Dr. Travis Bradberry offers twelve strategies for tackling stress and coming out on top and with a positive attitude. I like strategy number 4.
You’re a teacher, and you love what you do, but will you be doing what you are doing now in another five years? What about ten? Twenty? Education is a very diverse field, and there are plenty of exciting career options both in the classroom and beyond it. So how do you know what’s right you? Spend an hour with this four-question quiz and find out.
Let’s face it: educators tend to be idealists, and we can’t help it. As a teacher, I always wanted to save the world by educating everyone in it. If that meant more effort on my part, then so be it. At some point, however, you have to separate effort from efficiency and effectiveness. This short video explains the difference and offers an alternative to taking home all those bags of work every night.
LinkedIn offers their definitive guide to connecting and engaging with other like-minded professionals around the world through the world of professional social media. If you’re already there, good for you. If your LinkedIn account is a work in progress like mine, these nuggets of advice will help you create the best professional social media platform you could have.
Most teachers find it easy to talk in front of a class of students; communicating in the classroom comes easy, but what happens when great teachers step out of their classrooms to speak in front of their peers. This hour-long video teaches techniques you can use immediately to put your nerves at ease. In no time, you’ll be able to speak confidently at faculty meetings or while leading professional development sessions.