Both during my summer travels and in online teacher communities a recent pattern has stood out: anxiety for the new school year, often in spite of—or perhaps because of—extensive prior experience. Others experiencing anxiety are new to the profession or, like you, are boldly trying new ways of teaching.
I identify so strongly with this experience that I started a series of super-short videos with 'mantras' teachers can use to increase their calmness and effectiveness. I've tentatively termed these Tuned-In Teacher Mantras. Here are the first two:
The plan is to release a new mantra every Sunday. You might then watch that week's video every morning or evening to help you internalize the mantra. Tuned-In Teacher Mantras could even function as a weekly theme for your department or school. Subscribe to be notified as soon as a new one comes out! You can view the growing playlist here anytime.
Another source of calm for teachers: CI Liftoff Curriculum Club
Specifically with overwhelmed teachers in mind, Tina Hargaden and other friends at CI Liftoff have just launched Curriculum Club, an unbelievably comprehensive combo of year-round coaching, lesson plans, videos, online office hours, and more. The deadline to enroll for this semester is September 8. Check it out and consider joining—if you use this discount link I get a small kickback =)
Note: I myself am not one of the coaches or lesson creators, but I do have a webinar coming up (Wed, Sep 18, 7pm EDT) just for the Curriculum Club that will be all about developing a mindset and practices for calm success throughout the year. Members will be able to participate live and perpetually access this and lots of other webinars. I would love to see you there!
I wish you a peaceful, joyful school year!