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…”
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?
Don’t get me wrong. I am far from perfect. But I am perfect in my imperfections! What I have gained from this life of ups and downs is far better than what I would have had if I’d led a smooth, consistent, predictable life. I was always meant to be a teacher, but now I know that I needed to develop my compassion, my understanding, my tolerance and my strength so that I could be what I wanted my students to see. I do my very best to withhold judgement and blame, because there, but by the grace of God, go I.
So, if you want to change the world with me, you’ll need to make sure you’re in tip top condition. After a week camping without internet reception, sitting in my hammock by the creek with a book in my hand, I’ve found my equilibrium, and I’m ready to take on 2020. Most teachers are alreadyContinue reading “Time to put on your oxygen mask.”