Don't you feel better when you've had a heart-to-heart with a friend, teaching mentor, or trusted ally?
Whether you're venting, getting help, or staying positive, we all benefit when we maintain open dialogues with our colleagues and loved ones. We're more sane people AND calmer teachers.
In this spirit, several secondary teachers and I have gathered to share some of the things we love or want to share. Please consider clicking through the links below to read what different teacher-bloggers have to share with you.
My Heart-to-Heart Confession...And since we're being honest here, I'm going to share that winter is really hard for me. I have mild seasonal affective disorder (SAD), so the lack of sunlight, cold temps, (and lack of snow days!) get me down, not to mention that January contained report cards and parent conferences for me.
Plus, kids struggle with winter too. I can't prove it, but anecdotally, it seems like this is the time of year when bullying spikes as students get cabin fever and spring break seems like a galaxy far, far away.
So, this is the time of year when I am in the MOST need of remembering why I teach, focusing on the good, and keeping the "stiff upper lip" needed to keep calm and teach on.
Fortunately, there's a local teacher conference that happens in February each year, so I get some inspiration in a time of year when I need it (thank God), and with each reclaimed minute of sunlight in the day, it gets easier to get centered again.
Thus, without further ado...
Ten Moments in Teaching that I LOVEIn no order...
1. Carrying a fully-graded stack of papers into the school building
Even more satisfying than taking your shoes off at the end of the day.
2. The feeling when your teacher outfit is on point
New blazer, comfortable flats, and good hair day for the win.
3. The teacher aha moment
When you just got a brilliant idea for a lesson or problem, and you're filled with inner sunlight for a minute.
4. An administrator catches you doing something right
...And you're trying to hide your smile.
5. Revelations in a student self-assessment
That Moment when a student finally realizes the answer, gets the value of the lesson, or gives your content area another chance... Equally satisfying if it happens in class or on the self-assessment space on a paper that was turned in.
6. Visible growth
Data points went up? Mastery shown? Consistent display of a skill? Fist pump.
7. A "win" with a parent
I love being on the same page with a parent after a successful email exchange, phone call, or meeting in person. Everyone wins.
8. A SNOW DAY
...Or whatever. A day off is good no matter what, especially if it creates Bonus Grading Time.
9. An empty inbox
Mo' emails, mo' problems. You get props if you conquered your whole inbox, and it's even sweeter when you check it and don't see anything new.
10. Genuine student smiles
Happy from learning, from success, or from enjoyment, an actual smile wins every time.
Please click through to the ideas of other teacher-bloggers below!