I’ve always been a people pleaser, and it is in my nature to want to be liked. I don’t know if that is good or bad, but it is who I am.
I think there are a lot of us out there in education– the teachers that want to be liked by students, parents, administrators, and colleagues. Sometimes this can be contrary to what the job entails such as student and parent relationships. It’s just not possible to be liked by everyone and be seen as the leader of your class.
And sometimes you just have to deal with those that are not so nice themselves. Quite honestly, it can be a blow to your confidence and self-worth.
So today we will talk about how to deal with challenging administrators, aloof colleagues, and some just plain mean girls (or boys).
Most of you know I’ve been in this business for a very long time and every few years I come face to face with a 'bonafide ‘mean girl’ and I’m not referring to the...
I recently spent the weekend with my three best girlfriends in the world! Like all good girls’ weekends, each morning we chat over coffee about all things from world peace to the new wrinkle repair products we’ve discovered.
Inevitably we start chatting about retirement planning as we dream of a new footloose and fancy free lifestyle.
One of my girls, who is also a teacher of 20 plus years, mentions that she needs to find units to move up the pay scale. I’m thinking, “What?! Now?! You’re three years away from retirement! What happened?” Knowing me, I said it out loud and with far more passion than I would recommend.
But the conversation got me thinking about how new teachers, early in their career, make this same mistake because it’s not talked about enough.
So today, we are looking at how to maximize your earning potential while in the classroom and beyond.