Teacher Friends, I’ve seen you stand up to angry politicians, firm in your convictions. You never hesitate to protect your students in even the most dangerous situations. In my own school, I’ve seen more than one teacher calmly read to their students, while holed up in a bathroom with a tornado only a mile away.
In every case, students came first, feeling calm and safe due to the bravery of their teacher. Yes, teachers, you are courageous.
What’s more, just look at all you’ve accomplished, teacher friend. All the grit you’ve shown, all the problems you’ve overcome, and all the uphill battles you’ve fought—win or lose—you’ve gotten back up again, and with a smile for your students in the morning.
Today’s teachers are the UN Peacekeepers in turbulent times, pushing forward through rough terrain, giving encouragement through the tears and struggles, and forever leading with your hearts when your bodies are weary.
So it’s no wonder you might burnout, feel overwhelmed, or just want to quit. But you don’t give up. Instead you rest, you recuperate, and you come back to the bright shining souls in our classroom.
I know you know this.
What you might not know is how I struggled for years to have a child, only to find myself one day too tired to play with my son. I was giving everything I had to make it in the classroom as a teacher, but after school every day my brain was dead and so was my body AND I wanted more than anything to play in the yard with him but I was beyond tired.
Something had to change and no one had the answers.
“No one” had to become me.
I had to figure it out, just like all you teachers who have the courage to get back up every single morning when you’ve hit a wall, stayed late day after day, had little sleep, and felt like quitting. But you haven’t.
Here’s what I learned. There’s always an idea right around the corner, my idea or someone else’s idea, ready to shift my thinking. Time and again, a little shift produced big change. Subtle shifts added up. When small changes lead to Big Wins, I see that as miraculous.
So here’s my gift. It’s my biggest WIN. In an extra pretty package. And free.
It’s the most effective, simple, and impactful strategy I still use every day, even in the summer.
This little tool will take so much off your plate even if it’s way too full.
This is the little tool other teachers recommend that will dissolve your overwhelm, save you time every day, and make you a more effective teacher, little by little every single day.
Here’s how you get it:
- Download this Pretty Power PocketMod. Soon you’ll have a pretty little foldable to keep in your pocket throughout the day. I made a pretty version because I like pretty things. There’s a plain version too—for all those who’d rather keep it simple.If you left foldables behind years ago, there’s an instructional video to show you how to fold it.
- Use it every day. It’s so pretty and fun to use that you will not need me or anyone else telling you that. Just follow the directions on the inside of the front cover. You’ll see. And remember, keep it in your pocket so you can refer to it throughout the day.
Super simple, right? I’ll share the research behind why it works in next weeks blog post.
I know as a giving teacher it’s sometimes difficult to receive. Maybe you can pretend it’s Teacher Appreciation Day, and maybe I am one of your students, standing here with a potted plant and a note that says, “Thank you for helping me grow.” Because you have.