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find your teaching joy again

Find Your Teaching Joy Again

It’s January at the time of this writing, and we teachers are coming back from winter break and wondering how to find your teaching joy again. When was the last time you had it? For some of us, it may be a while since we last loved our jobs. I am the very first in line to be AGAINST toxic positivity. But no matter the time of year, here are some things that are true for me:

Right now, I need this job to provide for my family.

As long as I am in this job, I recognize the responsibility I am given to be working with children

I can always find something that makes me happy or brings me joy.

So, what can we do to find our teaching joy again? This is what I try to do.

things I wish I knew about teaching Spanish

5 Things I Wish I Knew About Teaching Spanish

Are you beginning a new career as a high school Spanish teacher? After college and student teaching, I thought I knew what I was getting into! But as the saying goes, “Age before wisdom”! Wow have I learned a lot! And for anyone who thinks they could use the tips you don’t learn in college, here are my top 5 things I wish I knew about teaching Spanish when I started!

How To Keep Up Your Spanish

How To Keep Up Your Spanish

Spanish teachers, especially when they are not native Speakers of Spanish, often struggle with having their language skills decline once they enter the classroom. We may not use Spanish for long lengths of time, and often when we are using Spanish, we are finding ways to make it simple and comprehensible to our students. Here are some ideas for how to keep up your Spanish!

Spanish Teacher Summer reading list

Spanish Teacher Summer Reading List

How do you feel about your summer vacation time? Do you make a Spanish teacher summer reading list? I have to admit, that after completing 23 years as a full time Spanish teacher, I have gone through every stage. Stage 1: young, unmarried, no kids… meant I was teaching summer school or running summer camps. Then came the season of having little ones with trips to the park, the zoo, swimming lessons! During the Covid years, I wanted to not think for one second about school during the summer. And most recently, I find that the summer gives me time to think about my profession and get creative. (Once I have restored my energy and gotten my blood pressure back to normal!