May we be them, may we raise them, may we teach them! It has just registered with me today that a phrase that I heard consistently throughout childhood was, “she loves herself sick!”, and it wasn’t a celebration, it was a put-down. This wasn’t aimed at me, but more of a warning about how notContinue reading “Self-loving, Courageous Future Adults…”
Holy cow, this is a crazy time! I wrote a post about this earlier in the week, but I ended up taking it down after being asked repeatedly by people if I was OK. I decided I needed to rethink my approach, so here we are. Let’s break this situation down. Number one for prettyContinue reading “Tread gently on this journey.”
This past fortnight I’ve been a little quiet on the interweb, navigating my way through one of those crazy hectic teacher times (this is one of the things that took over my world for a week or so). I’ve been using my exhaustion as a bit of an experiment, trying to work out how toContinue reading “Teacher Tired”
What a week it has been – both privately and professionally! As I faced some big “life” matters, I realised that one of the things that has stopped me from connecting to important people in my life is our armour. We spend our whole lives collecting bits and pieces of protective armour as we goContinue reading “Take Off Your Armour”
I’ve said it before…organisation is not my strongest point. I’m a big picture kind of person, and not so much a finer details person. I am definitely getting better over time, but I am also learning that no-one can be great at everything! So, in order to tame my anxiety over the things that don’tContinue reading “Relationships, Relationships, Relationships!”
The biggest take-away for this week that was is that every student has a story. The behaviour is not the child.
I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer. I am in no way an expert on staying calm throughout term and sticking to boundaries. I began making changes at the end of last year, and it definitely made a difference to my stress levels, but I’m on this journey with you. I’m just sharingContinue reading “Keep It Calm”
Whether you are part of the executive team at your school or someone who strives for excellence in classroom practice, if you are a teacher, you are a leader. There may be people reading this who are not teachers at all, but who still lead in different areas of their lives. Some of us areContinue reading “Lead from your heart, not from your hurt”
Ever since I started teaching, my walls have been plastered with positive slogans and messages about the importance of making mistakes, and being kind to ourselves and one another. And yet, for the first half of my own journey I was whinging and moaning in the staffroom about students, parents, colleagues, the system…you name it.Continue reading “You need a growth mindset to teach a growth mindset!”
Will you join me in this challenge? Imagine how much difference it would make if even a tenth of the teachers in our country pledged to get through a year without laminating! This is a change that is easy to make. We can do this! All we need to do is ask ourselves, EVERY TIME, what is the cost of my choice to this planet?