N: Never Settle
N in BURNED-IN Teacher:
What It Means:
This is such a tough concept to write about and discuss, because the idea of settling is so relative to your personality, strengths, and goals. I, coincidentally, had a deep conversation about settling with my dad last night. In my humble opinion, settling can be defined simply: when you are in a situation solely focused on someone else's growth over your own. Now, teaching is a service, I get it, but if you either don't have time, or make the choice not to grow yourself, you are in a place of settling in that position. That pretty much sums up how I have felt in certain situations in my career. How about you?
Never settling=getting real (real uncomfortable, that is)
Close your eyes or get a pencil. Either make a mental or written list of the three things that you do each work day that take a majority of your time. Now, think about your teacher brand, personality type, strengths, and goals. Do they match up? If not, whose fault is that? What we can't do is immediately blame someone else for the way that we spend our time. (I mean, maybe we can, but let's not go to that place right away.)
During my deepest and darkest moments of my career in education, I reflect and am ashamed at the amount of times that I complained and built walls in front of my own escape routes by not taking action on the things that were holding me back from reaching my full potential. I was in a position of settling for where I was and what I was doing. It wasn't good for anyone, especially my students.
In order for me to feel that I was getting out of Settletown, I needed to get uncomfortable. Seriously uncomfortable. I started watching and learning how to become a Google Certified Educator and, let me be honest here, I felt so dumb. I still do, but to me, that is growth. I surround myself with people who know more than me as much as I can. For me, discomfort=growth, so I am uncomfortable A LOT.
Questions You Can Ask Yourself:
Reflect on all previous questions. Now decide what you’re going to do to NEVER go back to that place again.
What do I spend most of my time at work? Who do I spend the most time with?
Do those things match my teacher brand, strengths, goals, talents, or personality?
What actions do I take to start growing and changing NOW?
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Things I’ve used to help me along my journey of "never settling":
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- As I've mentioned before, I got my Master's Degree in Elementary Education and although it strengthened my resume', it didn't strengthen ME. It wasn't until I challenged myself to start my journey by going through the Google Trainings to become a Google Certified Educator (Levels 1 and 2), then a Google Trainer, and now a Google Innovator. I surrounded myself with educators with the same passions as me and I get to lead educators who WANT to better themselves using EdTech in their classrooms. THAT, my friend, grew me. And now, I am constantly learning from my peers and other teachers all the time! Visit https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/certification to begin your journey, but only if it is your desire. Don't do it because others are doing it. DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GROWTH.
- The book that started me on my journey out of burnout way back in 2014 was the oldie, but goodie: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephan Covey. This, along side of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin is a match made in Heaven, I tell you. I'm not suggesting you read them at the same time, but if that's your thing, I'm not going to judge you.
- Watch. Learn. Search for help from articles, YouTube videos, and the opinions of strangers. They may just have that bit of advice that helps you decide what needs to begin to change to help you on your journey to be a happier, more fulfilled human being.
Take a deep breath. We are our own heroes. You can do this. Burn on.
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