To quote Led Zeppelin, “It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled.” At least that is how I feel right now. It HAS been a LONG time since I have written a blog post! Shame on Me! I am sorry. I let life get in the way, and I shouldn’t do that, but I think most would agree that we all do.
But I am back to writing and have been back to school for 6 weeks. We start earlier than most schools around the country because we are on an extended year schedule. I have, to be honest, it has flown by! I love the extended schedule and the two-week breaks in Fall and Spring, but I absolutely HATE starting school at the end of July.
During my small hiatus, I made some technical tweaks to the website, and reread most of my old posts– ouch! It is ALWAYS painful to reread my writing because I am my own worst critic. I spend most of the time cringing and swearing!
During my cursing fest, I also thought a lot about the content. I love helping other teachers because so many teachers have taught me so much! I learned more my first year of teaching from the teacher next door than I ever did in the two years of getting a Masters of Education.
I truly believe that learning to be a good teacher is an art you refine while actually teaching. It requires a great deal of reflection, an honest mentor, and lots of humility because, in those first years, you go back, rework, and reteach a great deal. In truth, you should go back, rework, and re-teach ALL THE TIME! It is just part of the job!
However, due to my current struggles in and outside my own classroom, began to think about what teachers REALLY need.
Do they REALLY need 10 ways to deal with upset parents? Maybe. Sometimes. But if you have taught more than a year, you KNOW how to deal with parents for the most part.
Okay. Back to the drawing board. I love teachers. I want to provide REAL HELP to them!
Then it happened. Like a flash of light, the newsfeed on one of my social media sites flash was scrolling this headline: This Non-Profit Has Bold Ideas About How We Can Support Teachers.
WOW! That IS what teachers need!!!
They need a site that takes care of THEM!! They do NOT need one more site about raising test scores, or improving comprehension!!
Educators spend most of their career worrying/caring for/providing for their students, so it is time for somebody to give teachers strategies about HOW to take care of THEMSELVES!!!
So that is where my little website is headed, friends! I am on a mission from now forward.
Don’t Eat The Pencil will focus on providing teachers with strategies, hacks, hints and guides for self-care!!
If we want to slow down teacher turnover, and the burn out rate, we have to focus ON TEACHERS and their needs!!!
I want to hear from teachers too! What do you need? (I mean, other than two more hands, a new pencil sharpener, and four teaching assistants—- because we ALL know you need and DESERVE those!!)
How do you take care of yourself when you feel like you can’t teach another day?
I am on a mission, folks! Please join me over the next few weeks!
I think we can help a lot of teachers, both new and experienced, re-energize and improve their working and personal lives!
Please give me your opinions and advice in the comments!!
Always remember, pay attention!