What I do know is that he works tirelessly to create a safe space for his students, constantly looks for new ways to improve his craft, and is incredible reflective about his work.
With that, I feel like it's necessary to say that it's OK to give yourself permission to...
be less than amazing.
Do you feel like you are inadequate compared to what you see? Flexible seating, engaging lessons, makerspaces and virtual reality and robots?
Truth be told, those same folks who have an opportunity to do those things are also doing normal things. Less than amazing things. Boring things. Give yourself permission to be that from time to time.
step away from the noise.
Have you figured out that new tool that everyone is talking about? No? WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?!
Are you flipping your class, using vertical non-permanent surfaces, and engaging your students with technology? No? Geez, I don't know what to say.
I'm so happy that the MTBoS search engine exists as a place for people to find new ideas, that Twitter is there to provide a spark of innovation, and that a myriad of other avenues make collaboration possible.
How many times have you turned it off and stepped away for a bit, just to focus on you? Recently, I got so fed up with trying to keep up; the election results, the ways in which the world was changing, and seeing tons of new ideas come out. Therefore, I shut it down and focused on me. Yes, it helped that I was distracted with writing a book, but it would've happened either way.
If you don't take time to take care of you, nobody will. Step away.
take a day off.
Sure, you have lesson plans, grading, testing coming up, and the end of the year to worry about. But when have you taken the time to enjoy one of the perks of your job?
In most districts, you can amass sick time and personal necessity, having it roll over from year to year. It's almost a badge of honor to accrue hundreds of hours, so proud of your dedication to the craft. After all, we get summers, holidays, and major breaks, so why would we need to take extras?
Because we need to. This job--this profession--is exhausting. This time of year, you have that student who has checked out and nothing you seem to come up with can convince her that she's wrong. You have that student who has been digging at you all year and has finally found his way under your skin. This time of year is hard; if you have time, proudly take a day to come up for air.
reach out for help.
By our very nature, people want to help. The vast majority of us want to be helped, but simply don't know how to ask. Start with something small, something you might think is mundane at the time, and go from there. It's quite liberating to ask for help and receive it.
I give you permission to be you, the whole you, and nothing but the you that you know you can be. Here's to hoping that you can do the same.
Happy "Self Care" Fishing