Wednesday, November 23, 2016

7 Socially Conscious Educators to Follow on Instagram

Things are getting real for us teachers. In some professions, you might be able to ignore the catastrophic current events, but in teaching, you just can't. Our kids are incredibly resilient, but that doesn't mean they're not absorbing what's being said about them by our president elect and his supporters. I know some people might not feel it's our place to comment on these things as teachers, but I deeply feel that teaching itself is a political act. I'm grateful to the teachers who are speaking out and I wanted to share some of my favorite socially conscious educators to follow on instagram!



Images from accounts below, clockwise from top left.

1. @instructandinspire
Gabby's feed is a mix of encouraging political posts and colorful school supplies.

2. @blackgirlsteach
This feed is inspiring for teachers and women of any race!

3. @love.tanesha
Tanesha's frequent use of the word unapologetic also perfectly describes her feed!

4. @theteacherspassport
Becca has the most beautiful feed and quotes!

5. @pedagogicstyle
Cute outfit posts + the best descriptions. Case in point: "I am currently collapsed on my couch and watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. My plan is to watch a dictator like and prejudiced evil wizard be defeated by love and courage."

6. @ms_farima
Farima is serious business! Think less cute and more #woke.

7. @mrsrussellsroom
Tamara does so much to unite and support teachers of color on social media! She is also hilarious.

Any other social justice-minded teachers I should check out? 

Monday, November 7, 2016

5 Affirmations for Teachers Who Do Too Much



Our job matters. There's no denying that. What we do, what we say, what we teach... everyday, it matters. But sometimes that burden becomes too much, and we can't stop working and we can't stop worrying. If that sounds familiar, you might be a teacher who does too much. I say this as someone who absolutely does too much myself, and is trying to stop. It's not good for us, and it's not good for our students. I love affirmations as a form of self-care and thought I'd put together a list for my fellow teachers who do too much. Try setting one as the background of your phone or saying them to yourself in the morning on your drive to school. You'll be surprised how much calmer they make you feel.

 

1. Taking care of myself is important and necessary. You can't pour from an empty cup. If we don't take the time to take care of ourselves, we will burn out. And that's not good for ourselves, our families, or our students.



2. My time outside of school is my own. I feel rebellious even typing this, but it's true! Do we all do work outside of school? Absolutely. And I'm not saying we shouldn't. But know that you aren't obligated to do so, and that you have the power to make that choice.



3. My happiness is important. We all want our students to be happy and successful, but our happiness matters too. Remind yourself of that.



4. I choose to set healthy boundaries. I'm working on this myself-- know your boundaries, and stick to them.



5. I am a priority in my own life. You matter just as much as your students do. They are so lucky to have you, but you need to prioritize yourself first. 

Are you a teacher who does too much? How do you find that elusive work-life balance?