Written by Bronwyn
Posted Tuesday January 8
You matter. The work you do matters. The person you are matters. The life you bring to the classroom matters. You are important in this world.
– Gabbie Stroud, Teach Starter Brisbane VIP Teachers’ Event, December 2018.
Reality Check: Teaching is Hard Work
Teaching can be amazing. When you think back over your career to date, I’m guessing most of your memories are pleasant. But we can’t ignore the fact that (as in all jobs) sometimes we have really hard days in teaching. Sometimes we have hard weeks, sometimes we have hard terms or even years.
To gloss over or minimise these times isn’t helpful. It’s so important to acknowledge our own feelings about what we’re experiencing, and to seek support from those around us.
That’s not easy when you’re in the middle of a hectic week of teaching. Which is every week, really.
How to Cope with the Tough Times in Teaching
When everything’s a priority, how do you not only get yourself on the list, but bump yourself up to the top?
You remember that you matter.
How simple is that?
Gabbie’s heartfelt reminder that every teacher matters:
Think about the impact you have on students. Now think about all of your past students. Think of their siblings, their families, their friends. As a teacher you’ll touch thousands of lives over your career. You need to prioritise your own wellbeing in order to continue to have a positive flow-on effect on the world.
Affirmations for Busy Teachers
A short time ago, I worked on these beautiful affirmations bookmarks for students. I’ve had one sitting on my desk ever since, which now has me thinking:
We build our students up, offer them praise and positivity, and see them flourish with confidence. Why don’t we offer ourselves the same care?
You matter, but it can be easy to forget. Treat yourself to a copy of our brand new FREE Daily Affirmations for Teachers Positivity Poster to remind yourself of your value! It would make a great addition to your teacher planner for the new school year.
From all of us here at Teach Starter, we wish you a relaxing, rejuvenating and restful summer break.
Don’t ever forget how much you matter!
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