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.
I wish you a peaceful, joyful school year!
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