I hope 2018 has started well for everyone. I’m starting a second blog so I can focus on the book I’m slated to self-publish in May.
First At Happy Hour will help me grow my teacher voice and audience while I prepare the manuscript for publishing.
I’ve written about mentoring before, but this year, in particular, my mentees have shed new light on teacher needs. The paths of their careers have been shaped by the support they receive. I’ve come to realize that now, more than ever, teachers need specific, consistent and (sometimes) profound support to stay in this profession. It’s draining, yet uplifting. It’s complicated, yet it can be simple. It’s heart-wrenching and heart-warming.
Publishing a Book
Am I crazy to write a book right now? I’m working pretty much full time, dipping my feet into the homeschool pool, and still parenting and managing my ADHD household of 5. Plus, our new dog. (Post on that next week.)
The short answer is yes. The deeper answer is, I see what’s happening to education professionals and I feel called to help. They’re burnt out. The only reason I can write this book on top of everything else is simple: it’s important to me. I’ve witnessed major changes in education over my 10-year career. Expectations are HIGH.
Public school teachers, especially, have plates that are OVERLOADED. If you entered this profession to connect with kids, good luck!!!! Many times the student piece falls to the bottom of our list even though it’s the reason we chose this profession!
Thank you so much for continuing on this journey with me. When I started this blog I was a teacher, mentor, and an ADHD mom. Now I’m all of those things plus a blogger, writer, homeschool mom, long-distance teacher, and soon to be published author!!! As always, this audience gives me accountability for my work. I cannot say thank you, enough.
Teacher followers, what do teachers need most to be successful? What has made you stay in a profession that is just plain hard?