Summer is upon us. And moving back to Michigan after being in Texas for 6 years has made summer break feel like it is still so far away. Most Dallas area schools have already wrapped up for summer, or are doing so this week. I’m ready, sooo ready for summer break! There appears to be quite a bit of variety as far as the end of the school year for Detroit area campuses. I know a lot, if not all of the EAA schools go through July, getting a short break in August before school begins again after Labor Day. Whatever size summer break comes in, I am sure the teachers in Detroit are ready.Read More
I have found that one of the biggest issues my freshmen (I’m going to use this term to describe teachers in their first, second and third year teaching) teachers struggle with is classroom management. On survey’s I conduct on public and private schools alike, managing behavioral issues and keeping kiddo’s willing and engaged in the learning process make the top of the list for professional development needs. Where do you guys get this support from on your campuses each day? (not a rhetorical question by the way…I really need to know).Read More
I typically begin my stress management programs with a conversation about how absurd it is to classify these abilities under “stress management”. I use this term because it is widely known, and, for the moment at least, it gives my groups a jumping off point in terms of expectations for our coaching time together. More literally, we work on ways to manage our internal (thoughts and feelings) and external (behaviors) response to stress. For people like us, educators, we need to strengthen our ability to practice stress relief BEFORE we feel stressed and implement coping strategies on the regular. I’ve identified 6 key ways for teachers to manage stress, remain calm in high stress situations and remain centered.Read More
Teachers spend their days giving all they have to others. Their developers, problem solvers, ambassadors, BS sniffer outers, counselors….and then school ends for the day and they move on to their home life responsibilities. It can be quite overwhelming, especially for new teachers as they try to get a rhythm down. How can you tell the difference between a few stressful days and teacher burnout? I’ve put together 5 warning signs of this sneaky little guy to help new teachers spot him before he takes hold.
1. No Spark, no smoke….no fire
When you’re motivated and in love…it’s reallyRead More
The need for mental health support for teachers is more important than ever before. Even if you love your job, as I do, it can be stressful working in education. Recently I was taking a workplace assessment, clearly modeled after the MMPI (darn counselors, and their personality assessments!). One of the questions asked me to rate my opinion strongly agree to strongly disagree: “teaching would be great, if itRead More