Why do we let ourselves feel guilty for "taking time off work"? It's our weekend or evenings, we *should* be taking them off anyway! This episode is a pep talk to remind you that you don't need to feel guilty as well as some strategies and tips to help you take some well deserved time off on the weekends and evenings. There will always be more to do and there will always be judgements from others. So definitely don't let even the most important person's opinion (yours!) make you feel guilty for actually having a life!
It's so important to switch off when we get home from school. If you keep thinking about school and working on lessons and grading long after you leave the building, eventually you will get less and less productive, inspired or enthusiastic as the years go on. You get burned out. You don't let yourself switch off or reignite your passion for teaching.
I've been on a quest to tackle this recently, so follow along with me as I take you on a vlog style journey where I record my experiences, struggles and triumphs as I aim to switch off from teaching when I leave school!
What do you do when you're in that weird transition phase of knowing it's time for you to leave your current job but you've not got secured your next one yet? You've mentally and emotionally checked out but physically you're stuck! In this episode you will learn how to use your current position to your advantage to help catapult you to the next level, while maintaining your integrity and doing right by everyone!
In a recent poll I saw of online what teachers feel they cannot live without, teacher besties was right up there at the top. While I see why, another part of me couldn't help but think about all those teachers who haven't found their teacher BFF and how they must be feeling seeing this feedback. In today's episode, I aim to balance out the cosmos and offer you some huge perks to NOT having a teacher bestie at school! #controversial
As I wrap up my 13th year of teaching, I wanted to share 13 lessons I have learned so far! Make sure you share your own top tips in the comments section below:
A lot of us teachers can relate to the internal struggle of taking sick days. Many of us have big issues around knowing that there is so much we are responsible for and not wanting to let our classes down or have colleagues have to cover our lessons. It’s during times like these when we realise just how important we are and how much lies on our shoulders! Sometimes though, it’s not healthy to push yourself to go in and this episode will give you the pep talk that you, and I, need to do what is best.
Have you noticed the rise of the teacherlebrity (teacher "celebrity"), particularly on Instagram over the past few years? There is so much amazing content being shared online that is so inspirational, but I've also noticed that it's having a detrimental effect on some new teachers in particular. In this episode I share with you my thoughts on this new phenomenon and tips on mindset to keep ourselves grounded.
Recently I’ve been tackling a lot of the commonly asked questions on from a survey I sent out to my email subscribers a few weeks ago - this one was the highest requested with over 70% of you relating to the problem of dealing with an overflowing workload.
I hear you, I’m there with you and an overflowing workload is something all of us have to deal with. There are many factors that can affect workload including what stage of your career you are in, what kind of school you’re in, how long you’ve been there etc.
But something that can help is to consider that perhaps it's not all about the load but how you carry it? I know that quote can cause feelings of discomfort as it forces us to take some responsibility instead of just moaning about how things are, but I‘ve found there is some truth to it and in this episode you will learn some secret skills I use to help manage an overflowing workload!
Job hunting can be tough! Maybe you've been looking and trying for a long time and you're getting frustrated. Maybe you're starting to wonder why you're even bothering anymore and you should just accept that this is the best you can do.
If that sounds like you - wait! I believe anything is possible and you deserve your dream teaching job. It could be that just with some minor adjustments you could ace your next interview. Listen in to today's episode to see whether you may be sabotaging your own job hunt by doing 6 of these common mistakes and learn how you can correct them!
Teaching is hard, that’s for sure. But there are some people who find so much of the job a struggle. If that sounds like you, fear not as I have a reason why and a fun idea for how to resolve it!
What makes you a successful teacher, all comes down to the habits that you consistently do. Habits can be the making of you or the breaking of you, so make an effort to choose the right ones. Listen to this episode to learn 20 habits of highly successful teachers - see which ones you already do and gain some ideas for habits you want to pick up this year!
Happy 2019! We made it to a brand new year with lots of brand new opportunities ahead of us. If you've taken the time to reflect on what you want for this upcoming year, I am willing to bet that being happy is up there on your list. After all, isn't that what all our goals are ultimately hopefully leading us to anyway? Fortunately you don't have to wait until the end of 2019 to achieve happiness - you can be happy in an instant with these 5 ideas you will learn in this episode!
You know those moments when you feel like you just can't teach another day? Everything just starts feeling a bit much and you don't know how to keep going. You're not alone! In this episode I talk you through how to work through days like this with one quick but powerful mindset shift, so you can continue to teach on and teach strong every day!
In the Teach On, Teach Strong podcast, you've heard some truth bombs about the myths around 'burnout' and 'work / life balance' and how we're setting ourselves up for failure by using and believing these terms. This episode is another hard hitting episode, all about the issues with 'time management'. You can't manage time, you can only manage yourself. Listen to this episode to learn how you can take back control and get on top of your teacher life!
Happy thanksgiving! This is the third and final part of the teacher gratitude challenge. Up to this point we've been looking inside ourselves to be thankful for our own teacher lives, but in this episode we delve into how showing gratitude towards others can actually have an even greater effect that can live on long after your words or gestures have been given. To give to others is truly the best give you can give yourself.
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