Whether you’ve been a teacher for a few months or a few decades,
you know what a challenge teaching is!
► You’re working harder than ever, but you never have enough time. You lug home unfinished work, only to haul it back to school the next day, untouched.
► You find the fast-paced changes overwhelming as the pendulum of educational reform swings faster and faster. Constant changes in curriculum, reporting formats, and evaluation protocols make it difficult to keep up.
► You try hard to stay current on your students’ individual learning needs, but there are always more students with even more complex needs. No sooner do you become an expert on differentiation or dysgraphia, then you encounter something completely new.
► You’re proud of your profession, but you’re tired of defending it. Public criticism is eroding your enthusiasm and confidence.
► You’re busy juggling the needs and expectations of others and put yourself last. Too tired to take a walk and too stressed to get a good night’s sleep, you wonder if teaching is the right job for you.
I believe that wherever you are in your career, you can make your job more manageable and reclaim time for what matters most.
► Stop taking work home, and stop feeling guilty about it.
► Ride out educational reform without burning out.
► Meet the needs of a diverse student population without becoming an expert in every area.
► Take pride in what you do and be recognized for your hard work.
► Make time to take care of yourself and all that is important to you.
Imagine being more organized and feeling more competent at work.
Imagine finally having more time for all
the important activities and people in your life.
When you become a member of the Lessons4Now community you’ll be a calmer, more confident teacher, and you’ll have more time for what matters most to you.
Early in my career there was nothing more rewarding than those ah-ha moments when students learned something new. Over time, as the paperwork, duties, and meetings increased, my energy, time, and enthusiasm decreased. I felt the joy of teaching slipping away. I was so stressed and exhausted, it started to take a toll on my health. If I wanted to keep teaching, I knew I had to balance the needs of my family with my demanding career. Something had to change.
Eventually I found easier, more efficient ways to perform daily tasks. I developed compassion for myself and tolerance for the limitations of my profession. I became more fearless, weaving new ideas into routine lessons. Best of all, I stopped taking my school work home. Slowly, everything started to fall into place. I rekindled my love of teaching. I was happier and more confident. And, I finally had enough time for the important people in my life– and for myself.
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