How Other Teachers Cope With Sunday Night Anxiety – Education Article

Sunday night dread. Most working people experience the feeling at some point in their career, but it seems like teachers get hit harder than most. No matter how intent we are on using the weekend to relax and refresh, that ugly feeling of anxiety and apprehension creeps up and clobbers us over the head.  JM recently wrote into our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook with this tough question, “Anybody else have trouble with anxiety on Sunday nights? Feeling like you’re…

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Pregnant While Teaching – The Ultimate Self-Care Challenge – Education Article

To my surprise, I woke up 15 weeks ago and found myself pregnant for the third time in my teaching career. After plenty of thought and discussion, my husband and I decided to embrace this surprise blessing. There is a lot to consider when a surprise like this comes up. We already have two beautiful girls, and as two working parents, we have pretty full schedules. Not to mention, I’m in my late thirties. When I think about what the…

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Because There Are “Those Days” for Us All – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Teachers have to keep lots of records. But the most important records I keep include a folder in my email inbox and a hard copy manila folder in a drawer at home. Both are titled, “Cheery Thoughts.” And the reason I have them is because there are Those Days. Because there will be the day you brought the wrong folder to school which means you forgot the one that has the piece of paper with all your…

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Self-Care for Funny People – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog These days, if you’re a teacher, you’ve probably read something about “self-care.” There is a movement in edu-circles around the more than worthy notion that teachers need to be mindful of meeting their own needs. You know, the “put on your oxygen mask first” theory of supporting kids. It’s a good theory. Teachers work hard and often do so with little regard for their own needs. That’s not sustainable. If we want to serve our students, then…

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10 Teacher Resolutions for 2019 – Education Article

Happy 2019! I know that for most teachers the “new year” begins on the first day of teaching in either August or September.  However, the calendar does not lie–2018 is history–it’s January 2019, the midpoint of the teaching year, which offers an opportunity for reflection.  In my school district the year 2020 is the focus year of every grand initiative. Therefore before we reach the futuristic year of 2020, let’s resolve as educators to do the following during the final year…

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