As teachers, we are so emotionally invested in our jobs that it can feel almost impossible to switch off our teacher brain and relax when we get home. This can create long term negative effects such as chronic stress and emotional exhaustion. In this episode, I share with you an effective way of how you reduce the amount of worry and stress you feel as a teacher and how you can train your brain to actually "switch off".
So many times we are just rushing through life, in a hurry to get to the next break, weekend or end of the day... but what are we missing in the process? Life isn't about the destination, it's all about the journey and teaching is the same. In this episode, we discuss the importance of enjoying each day and strategies we can use to ensure we're writing the best story about our teacher life.
As we wrap up 2017, we're likely to be thinking about setting goals for 2018. However, there's a sad reality that most people don't keep to their goals or new year's resolutions. In this episode we explore some of the pitfalls people fall into when goal setting and I share some different strategies I have in how to effectively set and actually achieve your goals.
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!
It's that time of year when we're starting to think about setting goals for the next year and making plans to better our lives. Unfortunately, so many of us fail to stick to our resolutions because we are missing the second two steps of the process! In this episode we discuss all 3 steps to achieving your goals and I share some ideas for outstanding habits you can instill in your daily routine to ensure you have a healthier and happier life as a teacher.
Many times we are afraid of taking on new challenges in teaching but this fear comes from our own self-beliefs. If you are wanting to take yourself to a new level or try something new but are feeling like a bit of a fraud, then this episode will help you get through this barrier to help you believe you can do anything you put your mind to.
Too often we feel overwhelmed in teaching because of our willingness to take on new challenges and our guilt in saying no when asked for help. However, in order to not only manage workload but ensure you are taking care of yourself too, we need to learn how to set healthy boundaries in teaching.
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.
Stress is just a period of difficulty that we have to go through in order to develop something within ourselves. If we can't build the resilience to go through the difficult times, we won't be able to handle success and all that comes with it down the road. Listen to this episode to help you adjust your mindset when it comes to feeling stressed out.
As teachers, we're working with hundreds, if not thousands of people every day. The chances of interacting with people who display behaviour we don't agree with (whether coming from students or colleagues!) is very high. But, we don't have to let their negative behaviour affect our inner peace. Listen to this episode to hear more about how you can stay calm in the midst of the storm.
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.
There are so many things we need to be doing and so much we want to be mastering as teachers, which can overwhelm us and make us feel like we're unsuccessful or "failing" as a teacher. However, teaching is a long game and needs to be played as such. You can't do all the things all at once; the only person you should be trying to beat is the teacher you were yesterday.
The only competition you should ever have is with the teacher you were yesterday. In this day and age it is far too easy to compare yourself against other "Pinterest perfect" teachers and classrooms but this comparison can be damaging to your self-belief. This is dangerous as your self-belief as a teacher is what will determine your success. So be the best by competing against yourself. This is between you and you; no one else.
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The Teach On, Teach Strong Podcast is all about providing FREE personal development for teachers!
Why I started this podcast: Success can be broken down into 20% skill and 80% mindset. We have plenty of support for professional development (20% skill) but I've found that support for personal development (80% mindset), is lacking for us teachers - UNTIL NOW!
This podcast is a movement I've started to support teachers, and my sole aim is to help you succeed in teaching by developing your personal mindset, so you can be the best teacher you can be!
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