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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.

how to say no politely

Teacher Life: How To Say No Politely

Teacher friends- get ready for a bold opinion. If we want to have a happier teacher life, we need to say NO (politely) a lot more often. For most of my 23 year career, I was under the impression that teachers are martyrs and that we had to work almost all the time. A lot of things starting piling up. The pandemic, my own children getting older (and that saying- bigger kids, bigger problems), and the ever-growing list of things added to our day. Over the years, the exhilaration and joy of coming to work was being lost!

Dealing With Difficult Parents

Dealing With Difficult Parents

I have bad news. Young or older, veteran teacher or newbie, all of us will encounter difficult parents. Unfortunately, I don’t know any colleague who has never had a sleepless night because of an issue with a student’s parent or guardian. But the good news is that over the years, I have gained some insight and wisdom, and I have a few tips to share with you about how to handle these unpleasant situations.

Getting the Most Out of Your School Day

Getting The Most Out of Your School Day

Do you start your school day full of big plans of all you will accomplish before you go home? Do you dream of going home when your contracted time ends, so you can take care of yourself, your family and pursue other interests? But…. do you get derailed regularly at school? Read on to learn my best tips for staying focused and using all of your available time during your work day!