We Can be the Solution to Our Stress!

  It seems one of the biggest challenges with teaching is that work is not something that is limited to when you enter school to when you leave at the end of the day.  Most of us take the word “teacher” with us wherever we go.  For many of us it’s a badge we wear with pride.     However wearing this badge all the time comes with added stress.  How can we be our most effective yet still not work round the clock?  How do we uphold...

What about only focusing on your strengths?

How often are we told to improve our weaknesses?  How often do we have test remediation for students in the hopes that they will do better in a certain subject area while not worrying about increasing or emphasizing the very subject or thing they are good at?  This overemphasis on improving weakness while letting our strengths hang out potentially produces a whole lot of average people.  And we know our students are anything but average.   In this month of April (which for all of my Pennsylvania...

Teaching: A Calling or Just a Really Stressful Job?

Most teachers didn’t enter the classroom on a whim.  For most of us, working with children was a clear calling earlier in our lives.  Maybe we didn’t say “teacher” the first time our guidance counselor asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up, but upon further investigation our dispositions, talents, and strengths led us to enrolling in an education program in college and the rest as they say, is history.     But if this career is such a calling, why is the teacher...