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2017

You Do You!

February may be short, but for teachers it is often one of the longest months of the year. Students are tired. Teachers are tired. Tensions are high. Morale is low. It is hard to find the motivation and energy to pour into others if our own reservoirs are not filled to capacity. Christopher Doyle wrote on this very subject last February in Ed Week. He noted, “Not unlike other professionals devoted to nurture, such as doctors, teachers are measured—and measure themselves—against an idealized image of excellence that involves incessant work.” There is no doubt that YOU WORK HARD. However, when is the last time you put YOU first? Have you made yourself a priority lately? Students need you, of course, and duties call. Yet, it is vital that teachers, that you,  make time to nourish yourself. Otherwise it’s like riding a bike on fire; eventually you’ll burn out.

Be a Priority

Schedule some time on your calendar this month for yourself. Do it now, and don’t let yourself cancel! Love nature? Check the weather and hit the trail after school. Love to read? Treat yourself to a new book and head to a quiet place to enjoy it. Does the gym soothe your nerves? Then grab a bench and get to it. Steven Covey suggests these areas of renewal and balance:

Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting

Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others

Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching

Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

Grab a coworker to keep you accountable for renewal this month! You will feel better and garner the motivation to tackle Quarter 3 like a boss.   (And you might encourage someone to do the same along the way!)

Quote: You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage -- pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically -- to say 'no' to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside" Stephen Covey

We are an Office365 school but it would appear that pretty much every student has their own personal gmail account. The Head of MFL Faculty approached me about using Google collaborations with her A Level/IB French groups.

 

I spent this morning exploring and then writing a help guide for it. Have to say the collaborations tool is pretty impressive as is the entire integration package. Google just works! No fuss, no hassle (Office365 - learn this lesson!)

 

Whilst I would much prefer, both in terms of workflow and how teachers work, to be able to share an existing document as a collaboration, it is not a massive inconvenience to then go in an edit a blank document to make it meet your needs. Of course you need to make sure there are not any sharp eyed and keen students around who want to get on with the task (why can we not hide provide a Hide/Show feature to let teachers plan?)

 

The next step is to pass the guide to the teacher and let them get on...

 

Will update the post as I do. In the meantime, my PDF Help guide is free to share/download (excusing the UK flavour)

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