On Thursday March 13, at 8:30 PM EST, I will be joining the amazing educators on #LitLead chat to share some thoughts around finding energy in our work. I am humbled by this invitation from Heather Rocco, and I am looking forward to reconnecting with this community after meeting some of them at their annual CEL conference. If you are a literacy leader in your school or in your district, you need to connect with this amazing group to access their expertise and experience.
I have been thinking a great deal about energy and rejuvenation for teachers lately. Personally, this winter has been difficult in Philadelphia and we are all ready for a bit of warmth and sunshine. It has also been dark days for us as educators in Philadelphia for many other reasons, our schools are still under attack even though 23 schools were closed last year. As we try to close the financial gap we currently face in the district, for teachers, it could mean a 13% pay cut while continuing to do more with less resources than ever before.
No matter what the political climate is like or what the fallout from backdoor deals will be, as educators, we have to go back to schools everyday and meet needs of our student in our care. In these times, how do we find energy and rejuvenation? In addition to that question, I’d like to consider the following questions as well:
- What do you do energize yourself?
- What do you do to energize those around you?
- What kind of self-care are you giving yourself?
- What kind of community practices uplift the members in it?
- How do you cultivate the habit of noticing the tiny moments of joy in your class?
- Give us your best tip to bring positive energy in the classroom.
I look forward to learning from you and with you in this hour on #litlead, and I hope you’ll be there to share your thoughts. Thanks.