Like any career, there can be times in the field of education where teachers need a boost of positivity to remind themselves of why they entered this discipline. In the day-to-day, there are always moments for reflection and reminders of the important work teachers are doing, but between the stresses and high-expectations, it can be easy to miss them.
What needs to happen for any professional is the decision to make a positive change for oneself. The teacher must be active in his or her pursuit of always improving and always taking the challenges of the career head on.
Follow these tips to see a positive change in habits and attitude, and rediscover the passion every teacher needs to succeed.
Routines set in. Everyone has lulls in mood. This is why it’s so important to always be aware of your attitude and what you are projecting. Double down on what motivates you to achieve greatness. Focus on the students, the content, the community of other teachers, and what you need to ignite yourself, and follow through with positivity. You will change for the better.
While it’s comfortable to master a routine and stick to a plan that works, the reality is that when we change our methods and seek out new ways to teach, positivity grows. Always keep one eye on the future and what you can do to evolve how you teach. Watch for new trends and concepts, and always be ready to try something new. Being open to change is key to success.
COMMUNICATE WITH GREATNESS
Whomever you look up to, whether it’s other teachers, administrators, or mentors, make sure you are regularly spending quality time with them. The greatness they exude will flow within you if you are in constant dialogue with them. Keep learning from them. Share with them what you’ve discovered works in your classroom. You will rise to their level of excellence, as well as help them continue to grow and change for the better.
CREATE SMART GOALS
Whenever you implement positive changes to your routine and work, make sure you have goals in mind that follow this formula. Write them down on your cell phone homescreen so you are constantly reminded of the steps you are taking to change and succeed.
KEEP ON THE PATH
Remember, change is constant. It is in the work you do to make a difference in your outlook, work process, and teaching methods, and it is always in motion. There is no finish line. You will always be pushing yourself and seeking out ways to improve and change. That is what will continually make you an excellent educator.
What are ways you seek positive change in your teaching journey?