Category Archives: Resiliency for Teachers

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Summer Vacation, Take Me Away!

This week is Teacher’s Appreciation Week and I would love to say thank you for all that you’ve done for students, parents, and the community. You are so special and so underappreciated. You work tirelessly from 7 am to 3 pm in the classroom and then you go home and grade papers, prepare lesson plans, and then take care of your own family. You do such a great job, that’s why I’m giving you the summer off. J

What a wonderful time to work on refueling, recharging, and reactivating your personal passions and pampering yourself like you’re the only child.  People are breakable and because teachers are people, sometimes if you aren’t careful you can be broken too. Summer is the time where you should deliberately take a vacation at someplace that is on your bucket list. If work has prohibited you from doing the necessary planning for a vacation, a “staycation” is a great alternative.   A “staycation” is where you plan the perfect vacation in your home.  Make a list of the FUN things that you have been wanting to do all year and schedule YOU time. Shut down everything and everyone and pamper YOU. If you have a long list it may take a few days, but that’s okay you deserve it.

You can do things like:

  • catch up on Scandal,
  • have a masseuse come over and give you a special treat,
  • enjoy your favorite meal delivered by your favorite restaurant,
  • rent all the movies you missed,
  • visit your favorite local 5 Star hotel for a weekend stay,
  • invite your pals over for a sleep over with a theme, etc.

The list could go on from here to infinity.  That’s why you have all summer to enjoy every single thing on it.  The whole point of this conversation is to get you to have FUN like only you can.  Remember, the summer should not be crowded with continuing education classes, workshops, or fun-packed things for the kids.  Just like the flight attendant instructs you when you are about to embark on a plane ride: In case of an emergency make sure that you put your air mask on first so that you can be around to help someone else if you need too.  Take care of YOU so that when that first school day of school comes around you’ll be ready for the challenge.

Happy Summer Vacation!  Coach Marcia

Marching to the beat of a different drum

As a child growing up in northern Louisiana, my parents and most people will attest to “as a child and now an adult, I have always marched to the beat of a different drum.” Some people call it “the child who goes against the grain.” Someone who quickly notices and says “um let me try this way instead.” Perhaps, you resonate with these very words and shared experiences from your childhood.

Teachers, principals, and other professionals can certainly relate to marching to the beat of a different drum. We do this all the time by analyzing information in different ways, presenting lessons, explaining things to students or others in different ways. It’s our niche…it’s what we do that makes up stand out among the crowd, live our Absolute best and march to the beat of a different drum!

As many of you, I am in the middle of writing my 1st book! Yes, long time coming, I am super excited to be on this journey. Though, the book will be specifically for teachers, principals and service professionals who service the educational industry.

Call to Action

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane for a moment. Think back on your favorite teacher or principal. Now answer this question. What positive attributes made that person stand out and marched to the beat of a different drum?

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