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 …

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: …

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 …