Professional Development, Professional Learning Community, Professional Learning Network, Data Driven Instruction Meeting, Lesson Planning Meeting, Faculty Meeting, you get where I’m going here…
While we can usually see a glimmer of the reasoning behind the meetings–the WHY, we still walk away humped over a little further from the weight placed on our backs! Nine times out of ten, we were just given another duty, task, process, or procedure. If not another, a new way to accomplish an old one. If you know, you know…all teachers know.
Here is a quick list of how to make it all happen without uprooting everything you’ve already done!
- Decide if the new directive is non-negotiable (if not, decide if you want to do it)
- Decide if the new directive supports the district, the campus, the teachers, the students, or a combination (if one of the last three, make it happen)
- Look toward your personal PLN (Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Group) and search for a positive attitude toward this directive (it is very difficult to be motivated if we are negative)
- Ask yourself this question…How much dedicated time does this need from me?
- Then, ask yourself this question…Where will I build that time into my schedule?
- Intentionally put it on the schedule for the following week (literally put it on the calendar/lesson plans/etc.)
- Add an alarm/notification to reflect on the value of what happened.
- Do #4-7 at least two more times (work it with positivity and fidelity, like action research, to decide what place it will hold in your schedule)
Here is a secondary list of how to thrive in the life of a busy teacher!
- Follow other teachers and teacher groups!
- Find your crutch for self-care!
- Make a Google Folder or Pinterest Board full of Teacher Memes! Honestly, we all just MUST laugh together! (Oh, and “funny” does not mean “negative”.)
- Prioritize time at home with ZERO teacher work–every, single day. For the new teacher that will look like one hour on a good night. For the seasoned teacher, teaching the same subjects, that might look like four hours and going to bed early.