Many of our words are wasted not on teaching, but on announcements, directions, and updates. Imagine yourself waiting at an airport. Think of the constant stream of “important announcements” broadcast over the speakers. There are so many, that you simply stop hearing them.
When you’re up speaking in front of a group, it’s so easy to assume that they’re hanging on your every word. The reality is we are incapable of hearing as fast as people speak. We can’t hear everything someone says, let alone remember, let alone understand.
As someone who experienced burn out while teaching, and has watched friends and family members burn out as well, I know that it’s a real affliction, but one that is rarely addressed.
In this article we’ll look at why we allow ourselves to stay in unhealthy situations for years. Why don’t we make changes to better ourselves? The status quo bias has an answer…
Almost every teacher I asked said they regularly leave school still feeling they have a lot of work to do. And almost everyone agrees to do things they don’t really want to do. This leads to burnout and cynicism! Let’s look at 3 ways to set limits
The top five links of the month, from my weekly Curiosities and Puzzlements newsletter.
Teaching is a job that never ends, and as a result, it starts to take over every aspect of a teacher’s life. This is bad. You get stressed, which leads to unhealthy behavior, which leads to more stress, and so on! But healthy, happy students need a healthy, happy teacher.
Podcasts are my biggest source of inspiration. The hosts and guests often remind me of gifted kids: self-starters with independent streaks who are deeply interested in unusual topics. Here are three top-notch episodes I’ve listened to recently.
A final wrap up of the First Level series, three ideas from the archives that fit perfectly with setting up a long term goal in the first weeks of school.
Do you know what your kids’ goals are beyond grades? Take a few minutes to delve into their lives outside of the classroom.