My district is under a lot of pressure. Test scores dropped at the high school. One elementary school was already labeled as level 4 (level 5 means state takeover). Half that elementary school was handed to a private charter (stories I hear are crazy - having half a school privatized sounds like a nightmare). On the other hand, the high school met the 3 year progress goals set by the state and the elementary school in question had a big improvement in test scores (pre-privatization). It's really easy to get caught up in the negative and the demands to work harder/smarter/magically better with kids who seem to have more issues every year. Grades were due for quarter one today so pressure has built to a maximum and many people were venting their frustrations. So we took the time during our team meeting to step back and made this list (among others):
What practices can we employ to feel good about our job:
a. Avoid negative talk/people. Replace with positive affirmations.*
b. Leave work at work
c. Attend school events (reminds us of the big picture)
d. Have a passionate hobby (have something other than teaching)
e. Don’t sacrifice your philosophy for other peoples' goals
f. Sing and laugh ’til you cry because you wet your pants.**
g. Eat lunch with people who laugh, sing and improve your outlook.
h. Exercise, both your body and your mind.
i. Sleep, many hours, every night.
*I shared the One Good Thing blog, and vowed to go back to daily posting.
**We rephrased this bullet point many times, and laughed about all possible phrasings.
What would you add to this list?