New teachers are often given the advice, “Avoid the teachers’ lounge.” The rationale behind this advice is that it can be a place filled with complaints and negativity. I followed this advice for many years, eating lunch alone in my classroom. I really didn’t mind this situation because I had other times in the day to connect with adults. However, things changed when I had my baby. There were no longer any spare moments at school to chat with colleagues and my evenings were filled with taking care of the baby and then collapsing out of exhaustion. In an effort to get some conversation with adults during the day, I started to eat lunch in the teachers’ lounge with my colleagues.
I love to share my favorite tech tools for teachers or tips for back to school night, but today I want to share something that I don't love. I don't love standing in front of a full class when absolutely NO ONE is ready to think about gerunds or character development. I don't love to be the adult they are looking at when their heart is breaking. Unfortunately, as teachers we are likely to be put in this position at least once in our careers. I'm talking about teaching the first classes after tragedy. My school has experienced this twice in the recent past and in both circumstances I was completely unprepared. A few years ago, one of my school's most beloved teachers passed away suddenly and then last week, a popular and outgoing student from my school committed suicide. These losses hit us like a ton of bricks. I wish that I could say that they are part of rare, tragic occurrences for teens in school, but here are some staggering statistics to the contrary:
Today I'm sharing some of the best and worst advice I've received as a teacher. I would love to hear some of your good and bad advice in the comment section below!
By third quarter, the pencils are wearing down, the pens are running out of ink, the students are getting antsy for spring break, and the teachers are starting to burn out. It is the perfect time to remember why we do the job we do! Here are some tips to fall back in love with teaching this Valentine's Day!