Every so often I hear an educator angrily dismiss the entire self-care movement because it is being presented as the easy, enjoyable, and seemingly magical solution for the giant problem of how our educational system treats its teachers. ~~Feeling stressed? Take a hot bath and you will feel instantly calm and relaxed. Bonus points for including scented candles! ~~Not enough time with your family? Just
You may think that as an incredibly busy educator there is absolutely no way you can take time off for self-care. Good news – you totally can! That is because self-care doesn’t always have to be a big event that requires tons of planning and a big chunk of time and money. In fact, meaningful self-care can happen in just 5 minutes or even less!
Whatever is being asked of you this school year, whether you are teaching in a socially distanced classroom (or worse, one that should be and isn’t), teaching online, or somehow doing both, you have done an amazing job. You have learned so many new things and dealt with so many new challenges, often without the parts of teaching that are fun and rewarding. You have
Way back in 2012, long before the word “pandemic” was a household word, I asked the following question on my Facebook page: Would you advise a young person considering a career in teaching to forge ahead or choose a different path? The responses were heartbreaking and sadly predictable. Many teachers talked about how they love the kids and love teaching, but that the profession has
“Virtual teaching is hard. Hybrid teaching is hard. Teaching a room full of students wearing masks is hard. Teaching in a normal, non-pandemic year is hard. This is all hard.” –Josie Bensco, 6th grade science teacher I have seen so many teachers who are teaching online post on social media that they feel like they are failing as teachers. Teachers who are teaching face 2
It’s time to start saying no. Not all the time, of course, but sometimes. Most of us are not so great at saying no to other people (though we are Jedi Masters at saying no to ourselves). Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Your principal asks you to run an after-school book club on Zoom and you agree (even though it means even more
Your nearly empty plan book is open in front of you. Next to that is a stack of papers to correct. Your email is overflowing with unanswered emails, and report cards, which you have barely started, are due at the end of the week. On top of that, you are responsible for ordering new science materials for your grade level and you haven’t even started