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Community Manager at Edutopia

Michele, I think it's true

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Michele, I think it's true that all caring people have a hard time saying no. At the same time, it's absolutely critical to learn to do so. I've seen too many wonderful people burn out, because they couldn't learn to say no.

Middle School Math and Reading teacher

"4. Know your limits. Know

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"4. Know your limits. Know how big your plate is and protect its edges. You need to say yes sometimes, but you also have the right to say, "so what's coming off my plate if I take this on?" You can at least ask before you say no.:"

This is where I have worked very hard on improving myself as a teacher. It is very difficult for me to say "no".

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Kind of a weird analogy but I

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Kind of a weird analogy but I think this may work so bear with me :)

I do a lot of yoga and one thing we focus about a lot is learning to breathe through (and sometimes even enjoy) difficult poses. Sometimes, I find myself even smiling and you couldn't imagine the impact it's had on my overall attitude within yoga. I no longer dread the hard poses and focus all of my energy on when it's going to end -- in some weird way, I really enjoy them.

So..what the heck does this have to do with education? Sometimes, I think we need to enjoy life for its challenges. For me, I find it comforting to know that I have confidence in myself to navigate the many challenges of life (and in particular working within education) and I'm working on learning to even appreciate them.

I'll end with this quote that has given me strength:

“There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

4th grade math teacher in FL

So going paperless--I suppose

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So going paperless--I suppose that constitutes having a 1:1 classroom? Like several others have posted, lots of schools have subpar tech within the classroom. I'd still like to have less papers to keep up with (student assignments, so to speak). I'm thinking of creating worksheets, or even when I give out written assignments, to have the students do them first on a hard copy, then take about 5 minutes to log into Edmodo and input their answers in the "quiz" section. If it's multiple choice, it's already graded, and I see which question they answered incorrectly. While I "look" at all student work, I don't want to give a grade on all the work, and I certainly don't want to carry tons of papers only to have my coffee spilled on them ;)

4th grade math teacher in FL

Me, too. I get sucked in, and

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Me, too. I get sucked in, and become one of the negative people, if I'm not careful. Ironic that this post should be posted now. I'm in the process of raking off my plate, and NOT putting anything else on it. It's okay to say "no" every once in a while, even to those in a higher position than we are. We don't have to be mean about it--just firm.
Great post!

School counselor

I remember feeling so beaten

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I remember feeling so beaten down and broken hearted!! I wish blogs like this existed back in those days...thank you for providing a place of encouragement for so many!! May God bless each and every one of you as we strive together in the noblest of all professions! For anyone who is interested, check out this book of encouragement and prayers for teachers and educators. All proceeds go to building schools - no profit goes to the author - me - I offer it as another tool of solidarity. You can preview it at http://books.google.com/books?id=FD4cqsmTfEIC&printsec=frontcover&output... and purchase it there or you can purchase it at www.tatepublishing.com If you get it through Tate, more money goes to building schools. Don't lose hope!!! I bump into former students who are succeeding in the world when I never could have imagined it would be possible for them! You are doing great work - even if you don't see the fruit of your labor! :)

High school teacher and department head

I enjoyed your blog. I work

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I enjoyed your blog. I work at a small private school with a ton of great parental involvement, yet we still have many of the same issues. Your eight "solutions" are right on the mark. I agree that we need to maintain a positive attitude regardless of what is going on around us. I find it useful to have a "mentor" regardless of how long you have been in the teaching profession. I am continually learning even after 15 years in the field.

This post and its many

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This post and its many comments inspired a segment for Taboo, on the BAM Radio Network. The title is "Disillusioned and Teaching with a Broken Heart Because I Must," and commenter David Franklin is one of the panelists. The passion, thoughtful comments, and sage advice from all of the panelists make it worth a listen for those struggling with disillusionment. You can find it here: http://www.bamradionetwork.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article..., or on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/taboo/id670877060.

High school teacher in Anguilla (The Caribbean)

I love the reality and truth

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I love the reality and truth of this post.

Reality is, we will face some negative people in an often negative environment with some students who often not ready to accept what you came offer.

Truth of the matter is, it is up to us to turn it all around and make it all positive and those 8 suggestions are a perfect way to start and do just that.

One thing that struck a nerve with me is "schools feel the pressure to replace innovation with standardized scripts." I've always believed that TOO many standardized test is doing more harm than good.

Teachers are almost forced to teach for the test and not to mold innovative minds. Students now expect everything to be handed to them on a platter. I often wonder, what would be a good proposal to eliminate some of the standardized test and implement something more effective in which a teacher can shine their own creativity.

Kindergarten Teacher from South Carolina

I am so glad to have come

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I am so glad to have come across this post. With all the negativity I am experiencing I needed something like this to encourage me. While reflecting on my days, I try to remember why I love to teach and block all the other "drama" out of my professional and personal lives.

I deal a lot with stress and it's mainly from being in an environment that is so negative and demoralizing. I just want to go in my classroom and just teach my students. Knowing that is not the answer, I stay positive through it all. I have built a support system with my colleagues who help me through the day when it's just that hard for me.

The advice given in this post are some strategies that I will definitely use and share with other teachers who are dealing with similar issues. I'm hoping it will help us to smile through the stressful and hard times and remember why we do what we do.

Thanks!!

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