Many of us grew up with voices around us telling us what we can or can't achieve in life; some of these voices came from our very own teachers... In this episode I share with you a personal story from my own classroom where my students inspired this message that encourages us all to believe in our own goals and if something doesn't work out, we learn to adjust the plan, not the dream.
As teachers, we have extremely high standards for ourselves and many of us will work ourselves to the bone. But this "martyr complex" and working ourselves to a mental breakdown is not us performing at our best. Listen to this episode to learn some practical steps on how to still be your best and self-regulate to ensure you're fit and able to stick with teaching for the long haul.
As teachers, we often find ourselves in a tizz at that point where the to do list and deadlines are expanding faster than we're able to tackle them! During these times it's common to see teachers running around frazzled, stressed out or sick as they worry about how it's all going to get done. In today's episode I share with you my personal mantra and how I deal with these inevitable stressful moments of being a teacher.
Sometimes when we don't agree with school leaders or the education system, we can start to feel resentment as a teacher. But with one quick mindset shift I will show you how you can lift resentment and continue to strive to be the best teacher you can be.
We all want to be the perfect teacher, but beating ourselves up for not being able to maintain perfection in every area, is going to do more damage than good. In today's episode we discuss how we achieve satisfaction and joy by striving for progress instead of perfection.
Who doesn't want to have a great day? In this episode I talk you through some practical steps you can easily do that will ensure you enjoy teaching every day!
There will undoubtedly be days where sometimes we "just don't feel like it". In this episode I share with you why it is absolutely fundamental to our character that we "do it anyway", as well as some tips and tricks to help you see the truth for what it is and ways you can disempower negative beliefs to help you keep going during the challenging times.
Don't confuse bad days as a sign of weakness (those are the days we're actually fighting the hardest) [Ep34]
"Bad" days are inevitable - we all have them. Sometimes we get frustrated, down or even burst into tears, but this is not a sign of weakness within us. If we keep going even through those challenging times, we are proving that we are fighting our very hardest - that couldn't be more opposite to weakness if we tried! If you're ever having a bad day, don't beat yourself up - listen to this episode, keep your chin up and keep moving forward!
As teachers, we are generally known for working our butts off! Yes it's nice to be recognised for the work we do and it definitely hurts when someone else takes credit for our ideas. Regardless, we should not let this prevent us for doing, being and giving our very best. In this episode I share some techniques you can use to help keep you encouraged during those times when you're feeling unappreciated.
In the world of education, things are always changing; sometimes for the good and sometimes not. If you're finding yourself surrounded by negative conversations in the workplace complaining about changes and rantings on how things "should be" with no intent of taking any action, your workplace environment can become very toxic and depressing. In this episode we discuss the differences between something that is worth fighting for and something that we need to just say " it is what it is" and move on to more productive conversations. Things change that are sometimes out of our control; we have to learn to adapt or lose.
This episode is something different. I'm reflecting on my challenges as a teacher coming up to the end of 2017 and how I can sometimes feel like school is taking the best of me leaving me very drained in the evenings. I share some mindset shifts I have been going through to try and combat these feelings through what I am calling a "podlog". Listen to find out more!
Oftentimes we can look at other teachers who seem to have it all together or can deal with situations better than we can, and it's all too tempting to compare ourselves. In this episode we look at how the strongest teachers are often so due to the journeys they have had to go through. Teaching is not easy and it's those who have gone through the tough times and stuck it out are the ones we end up admiring so much.
The phrase "burnout" is something we are always told that as teachers, we should be doing all we can to avoid and run away from: fear it like the boogeyman! We have become almost terrified that if it ever catches up with us then that means we have failed as a teacher. In today's episode we challenge this mindset and attitude towards "burnout" and practical ways we can deal with the stresses of teaching.
It's easy to teach and do anything when we're feeling motivated. But motivation fluctuates and we can't rely on it, so what do we do when that motivation wears off? It's all about commitment. Commitment is everything. It's what keeps you going and pushing through when you don't feel like it anymore. You don't need motivation to keep going every day, you just need to be committed to being a teacher.
As teachers, we do so much more than just teach content. We care, we listen, we connect, we help and we make an impact on our students. How do you want your students to feel and what stories do you want your students to say about you? Listen to today's episode to pick up some practical tips on how you can leave a lasting and powerful legacy.
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