Get the Job – Interview Preparation for Teachers

Ideally, preparing for a job interview is a final step in an ongoing body of work around your career management. The more grounded your messaging is in a well-thought-out communications plan the more authentic and impactful it will be. That said, regardless of whether or not you have started that larger work, here are some things you can do to …

Questioning Expectations: The Powerful Benefits of Realizing You are Enough

One of the most striking aspects of teaching is that while you appear to be ‘master of your own domain’, there is often a prevalent feeling that you are being held to an elusive external standard of ‘excellence’ that is both difficult to fully articulate and also impossible to actually attain. Most people are familiar in some way with the …

World Teachers’ Day: We Can Do Better

This past Monday marked World Teachers’ Day (WTD), the day set aside to recognize all the wonderful contributions that teachers make to our society and planet. My own experience of WTD throughout my career has unfortunately been extremely underwhelming. In fact, most years the day has passed without even a mention over the PA system. This year I put a …

Teachers, What is Right with this Picture?

I was recently searching online for photos to include in my new ebook for the chapter titled “Prioritize Your Wellbeing.” I entered “Happy Teacher” into the search field. While I scanned the page of thumbnails, a couple of photos jumped out at me. One is the featured image of this post (on your screen above); the second was this one: …

Smoother Parent-Teacher Interviews

It’s that time of year again: time to meet with the parental units for your students. As the culmination of the report card season, the parent-teacher interviews are both a symbolic milestone for the year and a cathartic experience after weeks of built-up expectation. In my experience, even after the most challenging of interviews, I have felt the experience to …

Let’s Celebrate: It’s Monday Afternoon!

A few years ago at the beginning of October I received a Facebook message from an old friend who had also become a teacher. She wrote: “Happy Monday afternoon!” I was confused. Wasn’t it 8am on a Thursday? She explained that if you take the 10 months of the school year and map them each to a half-day on a …

Avoiding November Burnout

Ever had the experience of getting back into an exercise routine? Perhaps you’re pumped up? After all, it has been a while and it might have taken quite a bit of effort to psych yourself up. You don’t want to lose that energy and have to start over again. If you don’t overdo it, this first period of getting back …

Our Staffrooms: Reclaiming a Sacred Space

There are probably as many kinds of staffrooms as there are schools across the continent. You may be one of the lucky ones with a staffroom that is welcoming, restful and an oasis from the worries of the classroom. However for many educators their school staffroom is not a place they look forward to visiting. For these teachers they experience …