So many responses to my insta stories! Lots of people feeling overwhelmed and thinking about leaving the profession! something needs to be done about teacher welfare at a departmental level! I'm no sage or anything but I would like to offer three pieces of advice:
1: prioritize yourself! Don't let yourself be bottom of the list! You work hard and are deserving of a break! If you are sick, take the day off! If you can't be assed marking papers, leave it, come back when you are ready! Allow yourself time to breathe!
2: Stop doing sooooo much! Half the shit teachers do is totally redundant to the kids learning! They don't care about matching baskets or laminated posters.... if they make you feel good as a teacher and you want to do it, go for it, but don't do it to "keep up with the jones!" Live simply! Be resourceful! Don't reinvent the wheel!
3: Talk. Talk to your team and share the load, talk to your prin... support each other! They are under pressure too! Stop with the bullshit competition and remember why we are there, for the kids! We can't give them the best of us if we have nothing left to give!!! #aussieteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacherwellbeing #cometogether - 39 minutes ago