We all have them. You know what I am talking about. Those habits that hold us back from being the best teacher that we can be. I mean, there is not a single one of us who is perfect, however we do a lot of getting in our own way too.
Take On Too Many Commitments
I mean seriously. As teachers we are asked to do just about everything. At one point in my career I was tutoring before school three days a week, doing a club one day after school, sponsored student counsel on another afternoon, was on both the technology and writing vertical teams that met after school, tutored outside of school, and all of this on top of teaching.
I am not talking about your waist line here but instead growing your mind. One of the best things I ever did was choose to pursue more professional development in cooperative learning. I loved to learn more structures, and I loved sharing them with my students and coworkers too.
Pretend To Have It All Together
Come on now, we aren’t perfect. We see so many seemingly perfect things, and can’t help but feel inadequate. Honestly, nothing about my classroom was worthy to share on social media, but it was real.
You know the adage, you can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself. So take the time to cook a good for you dinner with leftovers or work out or read a book.
Get Stuck In A Rut
This one directly relates to the previous, don’t be afraid to try something new, but even more specific. I know so many teachers that have taught the same thing, in the same way, year after year and they are miserable. Not all of them, but most of them.