This one is not just for inspiring our kids to have a growth mindset….but also for inspiring ourselves!
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These are the final words that Angela Watson, of the Truth for Teachers podcast, leaves her listeners with each week. A former teacher and now educational consultant, Watson has become widely known for her management ideas for teachers, and especially for her (totally amazing sounding) 40 Hour Work Week Club. Her podcast is fantastic, and that’s why I thought I would share it with you today.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good inspirational podcast as much as the next person, but I do find that many of them are just that – inspirational, and not that practical. Sometimes when you’re looking for advice, or need a kick up the backside to even get in the car to go to work on a Monday morning, you need concrete suggestions on how to make the work week a little easier. Truth for Teachers is just that.
I’ve had episodes that have given me 9 Classroom Organisational Tips for the New Year, and even 5 Ways to Turn a Worksheet into a Collaborative Critical Thinking Activity. If these titles don’t get your teacher-nerd juices flowing, then I’m sorry to say, nothing will! It just happens to be incredibly handy that she posts a new episode each Monday morning, at peak “New week new me” time.
I encourage you all to go and have a listen, and maybe even a trawl through the archives to see if there’s anything that can help your particular situation.
We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it’s podcasts like Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers that remind us that it’s absolutely worth it.
*This is an independent post and in no way affiliated with Truth for Teachers. I just love the darn podcast
Okay, okay, I guess this isn’t technically a provocation for you to do your best teaching work, but it’s a laugh, and considering we’re all back to work (those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, at least!), I’m sure we could all do with a laugh and a couple of moments of staring into JT’s eyes.
Well this guy is a total hero in my book. Sit back, relax and enjoy the dulcet tones of Professor Dylan Wiliam.
You’re welcome 😉
Because I’m a bit of a hippy, I’ve signed up to a daily provocation called Notes from the Universe, which is a daily email from “The Universe” with a little message of positivity for the day. I know. I am that sort of Drama Teacher – sorry not sorry. This is one I received last week, and thought I would share:
When you understand, Sam, that what most people really, really want is simply to feel good about themselves, and when you realize that with just a few well-chosen words you can help virtually anyone on the planet instantly achieve this, you begin to realize just how simple life is, how powerful you are, and that love is the key.
I thought it was really pertinent to me as a teacher. What would happen to our students if we made it a priority to make them feel good about themselves? Would it make them achieve more, or even more significantly, be better people? I think it just might.
My mother (a former teacher herself!) does these great Monday provocations over on her blog, Michele’s Community Classroom Blog. I thought that in the vein of imitation being the highest form of flattery, I would pinch her idea and do the same thing here. So this Monday…
Couldn’t have said it better myself!
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Thanks for the idea M!