You see the education system and see a mess.
Your head spins when you think of all the problems. The standardized testing. The outdated content. Federal mandates.
It’s hard to even compare what you thought teaching would be like with what it has become.
How can the education system be fixed? Or can it be fixed at all?
The education system can be fixed. But not overnight.
To fix the system an underground army of teachers is going to form. An army of brave teachers is going to view themselves at the solution. You are one of them. By reading this far you have confirmed to yourself that you know better is possible and you want in. You seek to improve yourself while improving the profession.
You will help both yourself and the profession by doing less and doing it better.
Teachers doing less?
Yes, you are being pulled from too many directions. You need to get rid of some of that dead weight on your back and lighten your load.
To do that you can find your purpose again. Or maybe just find it to begin with.
Why are YOU in teaching? Because you love your subject? Because you love seeing children grow and improve? Whatever the reason you need to know it and put it in writing.
Can Teaching Have Purpose Again? Can We Have Fun and Help Kids?
Yes and yes. I have a medical condition (hypothyroidism) that can totally exhaust me some days. I’ve had days (ok, years) of coming home from work and wanting to do nothing but go right to bed.
When I found my purpose as a teacher I had more energy than I could handle. I am currently taking two Grad courses at night, teach two additional periods during the school day, manage this website/podcast, and have a 2-year old son.
If I can get all of this done as a former “low energy” guy with a medical condition who was so fed up I was ready to leave teaching YOU can do far more!
I enter school each day knowing my purpose and it energizes me. My mission each day is to inspire kids to love improving themselves and love reading and writing. These 3 areas overlap as I believe reading and writing are ways to improve yourself and as you improve yourself you find joy in reading and writing. As an English teacher my daily lessons all fall easily under this umbrella.
On the contrary, I know when my time and energy are being misused. Physically and mentally I feel the tension and pull between what I know needs to be done and what I am being made to do. You do too and it is why you exhausted. Find that purpose and fight like heck to steer your time and energy back towards.
When I found my purpose in teaching I also realized I’d spent years following the “crisis -> reaction” pattern all day. I’d get to school. There’d be on “problem” after another to deal with. You likely feel the same. It can end. Or at least be minimized.
Below is Episode 2 of the ProsperousTeachers.com podcast. You can listen below, at SoundCloud or download in iTunes. Subscribe, leave an honest rating and review in iTunes to help get the word out. Help change the system.
What to expect next?
You can more podcasts on ways to save the education system while having more fun in your class. The solutions are everywhere. Ancient philosophers. Video games. Hollywood. Comedians. Public speakers. Fast food. Psychology. Neuroscience. Interior design. Photographers. Big business. And more.
Outside of the education system people are successfully getting kids attention and keeping it. They know the colors, the psychology, etc. behind reaching and motivating people today. We can learn it. And steal it.
Why Do I Think Change Is Possible?
I didn’t think change in the education was possible before. When I wanted to help my district offer a better 403b for teachers I was told it couldn’t happen. Teachers were powerless. The system wouldn’t budge.
Less than a year later we had access to one of the best investment companies in the world and teachers in our district will earn tens of thousands of dollars more by the time they retire.
Change is possible. But it will take one teacher at a time. One idea at a time.
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