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Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

I encourage my students to

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I encourage my students to think of the work as a venn diagram, with one side representing the things that influence us and the other representing the things we can influence. Focusing too much on either side will bring either exhausted burn-out or petty tyranny. Focus on their confluence, however, will bring efficiency and effectiveness and a sense of personal satisfaction. (You can see the image I'm talking about here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/255086766367547500/)

Middle school teacher by day, educational author/blogger by night

Look, I expect it's actually

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Look, I expect it's actually happening in many professions now. The difference is that teaching is not an autonomous profession. Our happiness influences a generation.

Angry? Bitter? Only whole class lectures? You can see that in any K12 school. Teaching in such an un-engaging way isn't rigorous; it's boring teaching regardless of what level!

-Heather

Middle school teacher by day, educational author/blogger by night

Gaetan, I guess my point is

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Gaetan,
I guess my point is that there are so many things we have no control over, yet retaining our happiness is one thing we actually have more control over than we expect. Find what makes you happy to give it more longevity. I love your phrase that "happiness in on the endangered species list." What a writer you are!

Nevertheless, there are still way to find laughter during the day.

I'm not a Pollyanna. I still fight. I still vent. I see what's going on. I just think that our smiles are a part of our health, and we can't let the crud going on chip away at who we are, how we feel, or how often we smile for our kids and colleagues.

Play on, man, and thanks for your comment.

-Heather

Math Mom & Education Advocate

This doesn't just happen in

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This doesn't just happen in K12 - I see it in college teaching too. But the result is different. The profs get angry and bitter. And they stop teaching and start only lecturing.

It's sad. Thanks so much for sharing these tips - I'll share them out too!

Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

This is happening all over

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This is happening all over the country. It's sad. And I feel the anger and the frustration every day. I see it as well. And this is only the beginning. I walk down the hallways and hear the same words coming out of different classrooms. Splendid and intelligent teachers all scripted, all harnessed like sleigh dogs. Teaching writing and writing with my students gives me happiness. It was the only the only thing left. Now with a reading program where you don't read and a writing program where you don't write, my happiness is on the endangered list.

After I read the first few

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After I read the first few paragraphs I had to see who the author was as I was picturing a colleague. I also saw some of myself in what was written.

The 8 points are insightful, helpful and demonstrate much wisdom. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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