This brings me to something that has really stood out for me last summer. It has been so much harder to shut it off because of social media. There is so much teacher pressure…all year long! While I'm so grateful for all of the collaborating that goes on during the school year thanks to Instagram, blogs, and Facebook, I really wish that I saw more posts of teachers having fun instead of working on creating new products, prepping for back to school (come on, school just got out!!!), and shopping for next year. It makes me proud to see how dedicated you are, but it makes me sad too because you deserve a break. I just hope you're not missing out on some memory makers. You know I've posted a few from-the- heart posts about how difficult it is to find balance in this teaching world. I know that as teachers, we're planners and have a to-do list that's a mile long. I get it, trust me. And this is my no means passing any judgement, but I wish as a teacher community, we could let up just a bit and take a break.
My newsfeed of all of the product creation posts and DIY photos of classroom prep. is putting pressure on me. I know it's not intentional and I'm guilty posting a few photos too, but it makes me feel guilty when I spend the day at the beach instead of creating products or participating in a blogger link up. Then I tell myself that it's ok. Shoot, I just worked my booty off for the last ten months so it's ok to give myself a break and I don't need to feel bad about it. But I do, I feel the teacher pressure BIG TIME!
- I challenge you to turn off your teacher brain, put down your computer, and be in the moment. It's summer, time to sleep in and stay up late. Run in the sprinklers, get some frozen yogurt, bbq in your backyard with your family and play some board games. Be touristy and explore your town. Catch up on your favorite shows and don't feel guilty about it. Take a day trip. Lounge around the house and be comfortable with doing nothing. Enjoy the giggles of your kids and the company of your family.
- While I'm guilty of posting teacher-related things on social media this summer, I want to apologize for adding to the pressure that you may feel.
- Make memories and look back on this summer as a great one. Are you going to remember this summer as one spent on your computer or as one living in the moment? Join me in posting some of your summer fun for a week and use this image! Make sure to tag me @easyteachingtools so I can be inspired by your awesome fun! My hopes is that social media will be flooded with some memories and less of teacher-stuff.
Created for Learning says
Such good reminders. Thanks for the courage to write about such important things. No more martyr mentality for this teacher!
Good for you two!
Thanks for addressing this. I get so overwhelmed sometimes trolling pinterest…teachers pay teachers…etc. I start to think what I do isn’t good enough…or organized enough…or cute enough. Trying to “keep up”sucks the life and meaning out of why I went into this field. It felt good to hear from someone else that there are mutual feeling out there and it’s not just sunshine and rainbows. Hope your summer is going great! Thanks again
I can totally relate, Kendra. Enjoy your summer!
Nice article, Kristen. Keep up the great work.