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.
Differentiation: it's a crucial element of teaching to ensure all your students are able to access your lessons. However, it can be incredibly time consuming to adjust your lesson in multiple ways buy creating a range of resources, printing on rainbow paper, a variety of fonts... You just don't have that kind of time but you also don't want to let your students down; herein lies the catch 22 situation!
In this episode, you will learn some ways that you can differentiate for your students "off the cuff" while teaching and how you can rethink ways to plan your lessons that automatically differentiate for the varying needs in your classroom, saving you time and #teacherguilt!
We all have those days as teachers when we're just not feeling it. We know we have so much to do but just can't get motivated! In today's episode you will learn some secret tricks to help you eliminate as much resistance as possible to help you get done what you need to get done, and keep going!
So Spring is here and that means it's a perfect time to start some Spring cleaning! This is a great time for fresh starts and brightening up your surroundings so today's episode is all about decluttering - the teacher edition!
A cluttered space is a cluttered mind. Your brain is always trying to make sense of the world around it. The more clutter you see, the harder your brain is having to work to decipher what is important. That is going to mentally exhaust you.
You're also likely to be wasting so much precious time if you're surrounded by clutter as you’re going have to make your brain work twice as hard to rummage through all the unnecessary things around you to find what you’re looking for!
Listen to this episode to learn how you can take practical steps to start decluttering your space, whether that's a classroom, a desk, a cupboard, a trolley or just a bag - start getting rid of your clutter today and save yourself time and mental exhaustion.
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!
One of the biggest complaints us teachers have, is feeling like we don't have enough time to get our job done. I get it, I’m there too. It is phenomenal how much we are expected to do in one day, not including teaching the kids…!? In this episode you will learn some practical ideas for how you can make small changes that will help you feel like you can find the time to fit more in your day!
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!
Ever wanted to know the secret to a more alert mind? What about how you can ensure you are able to do your job as a teacher and still have time to handle all the unexpected things that will undoubtedly come your way during the day? What about how to get your regular tasks as a teacher done faster and more effectively? The answer is this: it's all about routines.
The routines you have in place (and you have them already whether you realise it or not) will either serve you or hinder you. In this episode, you will learn the ideal before and after school routines that will help you reduce decision fatigue, systemize your tasks, help you feel prepared, leave wiggle room for any surprises and have a productive day!
How you start your day as a teacher determines how the rest of your day goes. Goes without saying right? Yet why is it that so many people start their day in a frantic panic with last minute rushing around feeling stressed and wonder why the rest of their day follows suit?!
Over the past year or so, I've been on a personal journey of experimenting with the best morning routine to start my day as a teacher. After many trials, I have finally found something that is making a significant difference! When I complete this morning routine, I feel calm, relaxed, energized, centered, focused and nourished in mind, body and soul. Genuinely.
I promise it is not as fluffy as it sounds - this routine is practical and amazing for your wellbeing. Listen to today's episode to learn what you can do to start your day in the best possible way you can so you can continue to teach on and teach strong every day!
Is there such thing as a toxic work environment? I think we can all agree that's a definite yes... How do you know when your school is toxic? Is the same school toxic for everyone in it or do some people thrive where others might wilt? We discuss all this and more in this episode titled "how to know when it's time to teach in another school"!
Sometimes many teachers get "stuck" working in the same place. Maybe it's fear that prevents them from leaving or maybe they can't find employment elsewhere yet. But what can happen after a while, is they start to believe that this is just how teaching is and that's that. But I don't want you to fall in this trap! Not all schools are the same and it is important you work in an environment in which you can thrive and be the teacher you have always wanted to be. The right school is out there for you, you just need to take the first step and identify what that looks like. In this episode we discuss how you can start to do that and take the right steps to get you there.
Going for the next step in your teaching career can be scary! Not to mention "imposter syndrome" is real and can confuse our self-belief of knowing if we are really ready for promotion or not. To help you clarify whether you're just in a "funk" or whether there are other reasons for you feeling antsy, frustrated or jaded in your teaching career right now, listen to this episode to learn 5 signs that you're ready for a teaching promotion!
Hands up if you want to know some simple ways you can stop overworking your already exhausted teacher brain! In this episode, you will learn some powerful and effective ways to reduce the amount of unnecessary things your brain has to process, leaving you feeling calmer, more rested and more able to focus on the more important things to get your job done.
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!
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