Don’t Ever Lose This

Don’t Ever Lose This

Thoughts of teacher burnout, stress and frustration swirl around in my head. I can't help but think about our finite time, attention, and focus.

You lose control over your time at school. Those decisions are made already. Classes that have to start and end. Staff meetings on Wednesday. And lunch break from 11:27 to 11:30.  

Your attention is lost the same way. You can only pay attention to so many things in a day. Many things demand it whether we like it or not. You have grades, standards alignment, lessons plans, report cards, 504 paperwork, tutoring documentation, and figuring out how to keep wads of wet toilet paper off the bathroom walls.

But here's the thing you can't ever lose—

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16 Things I Wish College Would Have Taught Me About Teach

16 Things I Wish College Would Have Taught Me About Teach

Most of my college prep for teaching was student centered. It revolved around how the brain learns, child development, and best teaching practices. That's good.

But there is another side to teaching beyond the students. It's a darker underbelly that often gets left out of bestselling books and Hollywood movies.

Here are 16 things I wish my education professors would've taught me in college:

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10 Signs of Burnout and Why You’re Getting Crispy Around the Edg

10 Signs of Burnout and Why You’re Getting Crispy Around the Edg

There's a big difference between being tired from teaching and being tired of teaching.

I've had a few months of distance from my decision to quit teaching. In that time I've realized there were so many signs of burnout, but I just wasn't paying attention.

With that in mind, I came up with 10 signs that you might be getting too crispy around the edges. Here are my potential red flags before burnout:

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How to Be a Teacher for More Than 5 Years Without Killing Yourself Or Others

How to Be a Teacher for More Than 5 Years Without Killing Yourself Or Others

There are some crazy teacher statistics out there. Many say that nearly half of all teachers will leave the profession within five years.

It took me nine years before I decided to walk away from teaching. Teacher burnout is very real. It’s important to gird the loins of your mind and heart to make teaching sustainable. And yes, I used gird and loins in the same sentence. Deal.

I decided to make a short list of things that we all know but easily forget.

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7 Tips for Taming the Ugly Beast of Disillusionment

7 Tips for Taming the Ugly Beast of Disillusionment

Teaching in October can make you want to dig out your eyes with a rusty spoon. Red ribbon week, report cards, parent conferences, quarterly tests, fundraisers, fall festivals, and don't even get me started on the insane blur and sugar coma that is Halloween. 

October was the time I started giving up on my to-do lists. It was the time where being a Walmart greeter didn't sound that bad. It was the time where I felt more frustrated and anxious the closer I got to the school parking lot. 

I never understood why we get a day off for Columbus Day and not Halloween. Federal holiday makers obviously aren't around children snorting Pixy Stix and all hopped up on Kit Kats and freedom.

It's that time where everyone can start to get a little sandpapery with each other. The shine of the new year has given way to end-of-quarter tests and cafeteria mystery meat.

But if you've run the October gauntlet before, then you know it does get better. There's a turkey flavored break at the end of tunnel. And pumpkin pie too. Mmmm, pumpkin pie…

Here are 7 tips to tame the ugly beast of disillusionment—

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The Poisonous Truth About Control (And What You Can Do About It) - Guest Post on @Edrethink

I’m excited to have a guest post on John Spencer’s blog. I offered to write a couple of posts while he is putting the finishing touches on his new book Wendell The World’s Worst Wizard.

I’ve enjoyed John’s writing on Education Rethink for years. I started reading when it was called Musings of a Not So Master Teacher. He is insightful and writes with an honest vulnerability that I admire.

You can read my guest post here → The Poisonous Truth About Control.

Wonderful Words of Wellness, Wishes, and Wisdom

Wonderful Words of Wellness, Wishes, and Wisdom

It's been a month since I decided to walk away from teaaching. Or walk away from schools and classrooms, but not necessarily teaching as my internet pal, Bill, said. He has a good point. So did lots of people who have been responding to that post over the last few weeks. 

This time has given me some distance and much needed perspective. I'm not going to pretend that things are great—they're not. I'm not well, but I am a little better. I'm starting to see this with less sadness. I'm trying to view it as an opportunity for brighter days. With God's peace and wisdom, I'm slowly accepting that.

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Crispy But Not Burned

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I remember pacing the aisles of my favorite used bookstore a few years ago. Somehow I always end up in the education section.

Amidst the old books smells, I found a book called Not Quite Burned Out But Crispy Around the Edges. It was funny, and the name has always stuck with me.

Not quite burned out but crispy around the edges is exactly how I’ve been feeling this year. The feelings of burn-out are pressing in on me like a collapsing tent. And I hate it. This isn’t me. I feel the dirge of overwhelmingness is about to crescendo in heartbreak. I don’t want to lose myself in the process of teaching.

I have to get out of this rut and get back to the heart of what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

 

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