Learning to surf on the rough waves of education by Flo Berry
When completing my National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) year I had to really reflect on what it was like to be a senior leader, including how effective I was in managing my own time, stress and sanity! I learnt very quickly that it is rare to have clear sailing, but by sitting back and reflecting on the times that were more challenging, I was able to analyze myself and learn to take action before things got out of hand.
Continue reading Are you Sinking, Swimming, or Surfing?
Strategies for talking through gut reactions and creating change from a 22 year veteran teacher by Joy Kirr
Stepping into your classroom, possibilities for learning abound. How many bodies will you have looking at you? How can you lead them as best you can? It’s a lot of pressure. Although the students are your first concern, pressures from outside those four walls are on your mind, as well – paperwork, emails, parents, administration, coworkers… Everyone around us has ideas for how your classroom should be run. How can you insure your ideas don’t get lost in the mix?
Continue reading If it Feels Wrong, it’s Probably Not Right
Why do new teachers often feel like imposters? by Kristen Fleury
I had to change who I was the day I became a teacher. I don’t mean that in the way you scold your friends for changing their personalities when they’re around their partners or people they want to impress. What I mean is that the persona I put on every day at dawn needed to be different than the persona I slipped into for the past nine years of my life.
Continue reading Playing Teacher: A look at imposter syndrome #IRL