This year, things seem busy. Busier than ever (maybe I always say that?). The demands in the classroom are never ending and what the outside world asks of teachers and schools continues to grow. Let's be honest. This job could be easy if you phoned it in; but you don't, we don't, because you and me are the real deal -- we are educators who believe in our core that every student, every class, every minute counts. This pressure to do it all can cause teachers, to focus on what isn't working, to hone in on the problems, and approach burn out. Right when I am about to leap full force into what I think of as a "massive cavern of teacher stress," I take a moment to mindfully focus on the positives of the job; why it all matters. This mental checklist is literally part of my internal dialogue. It keeps burnout at bay. Trust me, if you don't have one -- you need one that's personal to your life and your teaching. So here's my Why I am Thankful to Be a Teacher Mental Checklist. I use it. Every Single. Day.
I strongly believe that these three big ideas can help all school librarians improve their teaching practice and in doing so, help improve the lives of the learners and teachers who visit their libraries to learn, read, dream, inquire, collaborate and create. I hope that if you missed the conference that this reflection post can help bring you up to speed. If you were able to attend the conference, I'd love to hear about your major take-aways.
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