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Sixth Grade Teacher, Author, and Blogger

author of Why Great Teachers Quit

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Thanks, Mike. It is so hard to remember that having a good work/life balance as a teacher is good for you, for students, and for your own family. Right now as I finish the school year, I feel very unbalanced and need to focus on eating well, resting, and connecting with family after an intense period of all consuming teaching/planning and leading end of the year events. We do need to role model more balance to our students. Thanks for the reminder and for your comment!

Katy
www.non-toxickids.net

Sixth Grade Teacher, Author, and Blogger

You are so welcome, Kim!

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You are so welcome, Kim! Thanks for commenting. That sounds like a great post idea. I'm glad Betty is going ahead with a post about it.

I have a chapter in my book about how parents and teachers can work together-- and what amazing progress for students usually results. It has some good ideas about positive parental involvement, although sometimes this varies from class to class and school to school. I usually write in my opening letter for the school year about ways parents can be involved and helpful.

Thanks again!

Educator, Consultant, Author

Resp. Classroom Consultant, Author: The Well-Balanced Teacher

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Katy-

These are GREAT suggestions! Something that I think would help us all, as teachers (or parents, coaches, etc.) would be to make a commitment to taking care of ourselves. Often it can feel like we're being selfish if we take time to exercise or meet with a friend in the evening or read a book for pleasure. We have so much work to do, after all! In the end, though, I think it's important for us to view taking care of ourselves as part of or work, not something we do once we've finished with work (as if we could ever actually finish). There's no doubt, we're better teachers (and parents, coaches, etc.) when we take care of ourselves. Our students need us to be healthy and balanced so that we can take care of them well and show them models of healthy adults!

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

parents supporting teachers

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Hi Kim - Thanks for the great suggestion. Look for a blog on that very topic in the next couple of weeks! :)

I'm inspired by this piece

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I'm inspired by this piece even though I'm not a teacher. As a parent, I would love to follow some of these guidelines so that we can support the teachers that work so hard for our children. I am going to take this article and try and apply it to a parent group at our school so that we can provide some support for our teachers. I especially like the 'sunshine fund', walking or yoga group (parents could volunteer or provide a great yoga instructor for a 30 minute stretch for example) and support of new mother/teachers. Thank you for these ideas.

I know Edutopia is a resource for teachers, but I would love to see some commentary or an article on better ways for parents to support teachers. Many of us volunteer at our schools but hearing a teacher's specific 'wish list for the helpful parent' would be fantastic.

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