Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's officially Fall!

It has been a while since I have been here.  Alas, I am attempting to finish my PhD.  I SWEAR I am finishing this year!  My research is actually what brought me back here today.  One aspect of my research is around student resiliency and success in school. Today I was looking at an update I received from ASCD, and it happened to be a blog post written by Bryan Harris about student resiliency. 

After reading the post about student resiliency, there was one item in particular (#7) which spoke to me both from a student perspective and a teacher perspective.

"Resilience isn’t constant in any of our lives. Resilience tends to ebb and flow throughout our lives based on current situations and challenges. We all have times in our lives where things are going well and times when things are tough. The resilient person is the one who can bounce back, learn, and thrive through the tough times. (Bernard, 2004)"

Then I went on to read Bryan Harris' post about  Teacher Resiliency.  I thought it would be perfect for the teacher KaiZen page.  The article isn't anything mind-blowing, but it is a reminder of the things we need to do as teachers to keep our heads screwed on straight.  I am desperately in need of some help keeping my head screwed on right now, as the first couple of weeks of school have been a bit crazy this year.  As a side note, most of my craziness has been as a result of things happening in my personal life, not my professional life.  But as you know-all of these things are interrelated and interdependent.  When things in your personal life are falling apart, your professional life suffers (and vice versa).  So teacher friends, take a few moments and read this blog post about teacher resiliency, and hopefully it reminds you of the things you must do to keep it together during the school year!

PS-  Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back.  It is officially fall... 

Welcome Back!

ASCD blog post on Teacher Resiliency (click Here)

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