By Colleen Schmit from Crisscrossapplesaucebook There were many igniters that fanned my flames of burnout while I was a classroom teacher, but if I were to pick the greatest source of fuel to my fire it would be my lack of self-care while I was teaching. Taking care of everyone else’s needs before my own [...]
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Whether you started school in August our you go back after Labor Day, teachers must make their own mental health a priority. Starting this month, we'll be releasing our limited September Teacher Self-Care calendar for you to download for free. Email this out to your colleagues who need a little bit more love or post [...]
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time. My boys really love aquariums, so we had planned to travel to Atlanta at some point to visit the Georgia Aquarium. When I heard about the Teacher Self Care Conference taking place in Atlanta, it was an opportunity to [...]
"The kind of teacher you become will become will directly be related to the kind of teachers you associate with. Teaching is a profession where misery does more than just love company, it recruits, seduces, and romances it. Avoid people who are unhappy and disgruntled about the possibilities for transforming education. They are the enemy of [...]
How often do you think about self-care? At the beginning of the year? During grading periods when you're stressed out and wondering why you're teaching? When you've had a fabulous weekend/day/month off and you think about how awesome it feels? When you've had enough and decide to take a 'mental health sick day'?s That's what [...]
Teacher burnout is a phrase that we hear all too often in the field of education, and it's no wonder with all that teachers must juggle day in and day out. Most teachers take their work home: planning, grading and brainstorming well into the evening and on the weekend. Add those tasks to extra-curricular activities [...]
Guest Writer: Alexis Shepard I experienced major burn out my 4th year teaching. Tears and rants about how much I hated teaching were regular occurrences for my, then, boyfriend. Emotionally, I was a wreck most days---almost always angry and annoyed. The only things that kept me composed each day were the kindest grade level partner, [...]
Why are so many American teachers being set up to fail? As a mid-career classroom teacher, my hopes are relatively simple. Really. I want to teach my subject to receptive, well-behaved students in schools with a clear and consistent academic mandate that are safe, well-funded, and nestled within a broader culture that respects the professionalism [...]
"Teacher's kid gets suspended." Headline news in a small town. I drove down that country road fast. The principal informed me that I needed to get to school immediately. It was the end of a good teaching day, and I was happy to be returning home in time to get my kids to practice on [...]
Guest Writer By LaToya Morrison The Adjectives Demonstrative adjectives are simply adjectives that are used to modify or describe a noun. Grammatically, they are necessary so that one knows which specific person, place or thing is mentioned. In the context of language and grammar study, demonstrative adjectives are important; however, in the context of teacher [...]