I was searching on the net…looking for ideas relating to THRIVING as a teacher.
6o ways to survive….8 ways to survive your first year…10 things every teacher needs to survive and thrive (note: survive comes first)…How to survive your first years of teaching….
- 30 million vs 11.2 million results (google search, 17-June-2014).
Survive: Why the Love?
- Is surviving is more critical, more front-of-mind than thriving in teaching?
- And if so, what does this say about our Education systems?
- Making it through the next hour…the day…the week… the term…the semester…the year (phew!! I did it!)
- Toughing it out. Soldiering on. Battling through.
- Making the best of a bad situation
- Sucking it up. Getting on with it
- Not going under. Not sinking. Not losing it.
The rough times, the ‘I don’t know how to keep going‘ times, the ‘I’ve got nothing left to give‘ times, the ‘what the X#!!%% do I do now?‘ times…
- The tight chest, the ever-present tension, the sleepless nights. It’s like it was yesterday.
That’s not the sort of living I want nor aspire to. It’s pretty much Hell.
My biggest lesson?
- When it’s more about surviving – when that’s my dominant thought day after day – it’s time to Re-Boot and Change Course.
- When it’s more about surviving – It’s time for a New Mix – where my Skills and Talents cut through. Where they’re the draw-cards that my students rave about, and want more of.
Aim to Thrive – Kick Surviving to the Kerb
- Could it be construed as pushing an agenda?
- Could we be at risk of someone spouting – “it’s not about you, it’s about the students.”
- I mean if we’re going to talk about thriving, shouldn’t we be focused on ensuring that our students thrive.
- Isn’t it a bit indulgent to be thinking about thriving? I mean seriously, who has time to do that, right?
I just want to stand on the roof and shout ……NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I’m for Thriving NOT surviving.
Carve out SPACE to Thrive
It was the beginning of a class. I was working my way through my ‘To Do’ list. I felt tight and constricted within but my inner taskmaster was strong…’Don’t forget A, B, and C.‘ Then make sure you get D done‘… (You’ve been there, right?)One of my students quietly inquired, “Are you okay, Greg?”It was like a snapshot to my head. Instantly I awoke….and recalibrated.I wasn’t being fun, passionate Greg. I wasn’t being provocative and challenging from the very word go.That’s the Greg, she was used to. That’s the Greg, she wanted to see more of.My student wanted to be in a class – where I was thriving not surviving.That’s the Greg she connected to being ‘okay’.