Inspirational quotes for teachers because growing young minds all day is so rewarding but also exhausting, and we need a little boost to keep us at our strongest!
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As teachers, we are so emotionally invested in our jobs that it can feel almost impossible to switch off our teacher brain and relax when we get home. This can create long term negative effects such as chronic stress and emotional exhaustion. In this episode, I share with you an effective way of how you reduce the amount of worry and stress you feel as a teacher and how you can train your brain to actually "switch off".
The phrase "burnout" is something we are always told that as teachers, we should be doing all we can to avoid and run away from: fear it like the boogeyman! We have become almost terrified that if it ever catches up with us then that means we have failed as a teacher. In today's episode we challenge this mindset and attitude towards "burnout" and practical ways we can deal with the stresses of teaching.
Teaching, and life in general, will have good days and tougher days. But they are just that - individual days. It can feel like one bad day or experience is permanent and means you're "not cut out for teaching" but that isn't always the case. I share with you some practical tips to help you win your battles, and having to fight them more than once is perfectly OK. You will win if you choose to never give up.
It's easy to teach and do anything when we're feeling motivated. But motivation fluctuates and we can't rely on it, so what do we do when that motivation wears off? It's all about commitment. Commitment is everything. It's what keeps you going and pushing through when you don't feel like it anymore. You don't need motivation to keep going every day, you just need to be committed to being a teacher.
What is personal development anyway, and why do we need it? Like many other teachers, I had a rocky start to my journey and had to learn (and am still learning!) many lessons the hard way. What I am certain of, is that personal development - the pursuit of your expanding full potential - is the absolute key to success in teaching and life. It is what keeps us going through the hard times and what enables us to be the best role model we can be to others.
So many times we are just rushing through life, in a hurry to get to the next break, weekend or end of the day... but what are we missing in the process? Life isn't about the destination, it's all about the journey and teaching is the same. In this episode, we discuss the importance of enjoying each day and strategies we can use to ensure we're writing the best story about our teacher life.
As we well know, teaching is stressful. It’s stressful because there is always so much to do. The to do list will never be empty. We care deeply so we have an intrinsic desire to do a good job, which also adds stress. We deal with difficult people all day long, adults as well as kids. We are constantly running at a level 10 all day. We rarely stop for a break or to use the toilet all day long. No wonder we go home and collapse!? We are human and can only run on a level 10 for so long
This episode is something different. I'm reflecting on my challenges as a teacher coming up to the end of 2017 and how I can sometimes feel like school is taking the best of me leaving me very drained in the evenings. I share some mindset shifts I have been going through to try and combat these feelings through what I am calling a "podlog". Listen to find out more!
n the world of education, things are always changing; sometimes for the good and sometimes not. If your finding yourself surrounded by negative conversations in the workplace complaining about changes and rantings on how things "should be" with no intent of taking any action, your workplace environment can become very toxic and depressing. In this episode we discuss the differences between something that is worth fighting for and something that we need to just say " it is what it is" and…
In this pilot episode, I introduce myself and talk you through my turbulent journey as a teacher. I share with you some personal stories of hardship and (many) tears shed during my time teaching in a very challenging school in London. Although I wanted to quit every day, with a little mindset shift I was able to see things differently.
Too often we feel overwhelmed in teaching because of our willingness to take on new challenges and our guilt in saying no when asked for help. However, in order to not only manage workload but ensure you are taking care of yourself too, we need to learn how to set healthy boundaries in teaching.
"Bad" days are inevitable - we all have them. Sometimes we get frustrated, down or even burst into tears, but this is not a sign of weakness within us. If we keep going even through those challenging times, we are proving that we are fighting our very hardest - that couldn't be more opposite to weakness if we tried! If you're ever having a bad day, don't beat yourself up - listen to this episode, keep your chin up and keep moving forward!
As teachers, we do so much more than just teach content. We care, we listen, we connect, we help and we make an impact on our students. How do you want your students to feel and what stories do you want your students to say about you? Listen to today's episode to pick up some practical tips on how you can leave a lasting and powerful legacy.
There are many aspects of teaching and the education system that can easily rub us up the wrong way if we let them, but that shouldn't be reason enough to run for the hills and quit! By showing gratitude for the difference you can make as a teacher, you'll see that not only can you be the change you wish to see if you stick with it, but you will feel fulfilled and realise you have everything you already need.
As we wrap up 2017, we're likely to be thinking about setting goals for 2018. However, there's a sad reality that most people don't keep to their goals or new year's resolutions. In this episode we explore some of the pitfalls people fall into when goal setting and I share some different strategies I have in how to effectively set and actually achieve your goals.
Every Wednesday I'll share a "Quick Quote" to give you a mid week boost to keep you teaching strong until the weekend. Today's quote is all about those little things that seem insignificant at the time and people may even tease you about. In teaching, there are many "small things" that we do that people may wonder why you're doing them (laminating, wall displays, grading with stickers?!) But if these small steps are taking you closer towards your goal or mission, then keep going - even if no…