‘Pizza is always a good idea’ isn’t on this list, but it should be.
- Coffee is a teacher's best friend. (Just try get in the way.)
- Whether you are good at a particular thing (i.e. content area) or not, if you tackle it with enthusiasm it’ll be amazing anyway.
- Feeling like you’re not trusted to do your job can be a bit disheartening. Keep going, and do what you know is best for your students!
- Good communication is really important – make sure everyone is on the same page!
- Long meetings at the end of long days can get the better of you.
(Don't let them.)
- Being at work when you’re sick is horrible.
- You are = you’re! (Grammar is important, kids!)
- The communal refrigerator is full of joys – from the food that’s left so long it develops its own ecosystem, to the lunches that go mysteriously missing…
- Sometimes sucky days becomes sucky weeks. And that’s ok.
- A bit of self-care is important (especially in those sucky times).
- Sometimes you need to change it up and try something different.
- A drink with friends or colleagues helps!
- Whatever happens, don’t give up.
- There’s always shared food.
- And there’s definitely always time to laugh and have a bit of fun.
- Finally, it’s really important to have good people (the right people) around you. In the words of educator Robert John Meehan, “The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives.”