Below you will find two posts which I wrote about a year ago. Just to give newer readers some context. I resigned for personal reason as a Head of School in August of 2013. I have been looking for a job and at the same time trying to build my consulting business Star Educational Consulting. Both have been challenging. These posts were written when honestly I was in a different place. I am still faced with the same challenges but through my own Blog challenge, this TeachThought challenge and many friends I have renewed confidence and hope. I still have my bad days and a lot of stress but overall things are better. These were and are my challenges and these posts reflect a little bit how I faced and am facing them.
It has been a while since I posted something on my blog. The last few months have been difficult for me and my family and I didn't have the drive and honestly desire to blog. I got into a rut and was (truthful still am) feeling a bit sorry for myself. I have looked on websites, sent out tweets, made proposal submitted resumes and I still find myself without a job.
Perhaps finally writing about it will give me the energy to move forward and start looking towards the future. I know G-D has a plan and that I didn't devote my life to education (mainly Jewish Education) to stop now.
I have created a short check list to help me and maybe others move forward during this difficult time. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas as well.
- Do something productive/ constructive daily
- Share thoughts and ideas, at least 3 times week via blog, twitter, Facebook etc.
- Keep up on the latest ideas in Education by reading blogs, books and tweets each day
- Continue looking for a job and promoting my own consulting business and website at www.star-educational-consulting.com
A bit harder
Stay positive and focus on the future not the past
Long term goal
Come with an idea and start writing a book of my own
There is no silver bullet and I know this is all easier said than done, but I am hoping as we enter 2014 I too can now look forward to a brighter and better future.
I would like to thank my family and friends, which includes my PLN for their constant support and help
Here's to a brighter and better future
I mentioned in my post yesterday that I have been in a rut and honestly, I think I lost some of my focus and motivation. I just finished reading "Causes and Cures in the Classroom" by Margaret Searle.
The book ends with the following; "The dream most of us went into teaching with was to make a significant difference for our students. The way to do that has nothing to do with quick fixes or canned programs. It has to do with teachers who genuinely care and are always looking for better ways to help students help themselves."
This really spoke to me both about education and about life. Too often we get caught up with what is the latest trend or am I using the most cutting edge tools and technology available. While that is important and we need to be current we can't lose focus on what really counts and why we are educators.
At the end of the day the bottom line as Margaret and others have said is that we need to show students that we care about and as my friend Angela Maiers says we need to show them that they MATTER
I would say that "Not Losing Focus" is one of those things that is easier said than done and perhaps as I outlined in yesterday's post "Moving Forward" we need to create a checklist.
These ideas are noting new and many of them, I have gleaned from all of you.
- Making SMART goals
- Showing our students and others that We care and that "You Matter"
- Applaud the Effort
- Don't label, but rather guide and support
- Do something positive every day
- Take time for yourself
The list can go on. Please add your own thoughts