This time of year brings about so many changes in the natural world, and as it relates to us educators, in the teaching world as well. We feel tired. We likely feel overwhelmed. We know that the end of the school year is right around the corner, but we aren’t quite sure how we are going to get everything done to finish this year strong. But as we sense a new feeling in the air, we find a way to push through and make the most out of the time we have left with our students. So, what are some practical things we can do to keep pushing on? Not only for our students, but also for our own peace and sanity. Here are some ideas:

Lesson Plan Exchange

Sharing is caring! And collaboration is beneficial for us all. I always thought that a monthly lesson plan exchange would not only spur new ideas, but it also builds a strong sense of community among colleagues. Imagine if you and your grade level colleagues each brought a fun and engaging lesson plan, all the supplies needed for the lesson, and each had time to discuss how to implement. This would be a win win!

Teacher Check-Ins

Teachers need a listening ear, now more than ever. And when you go out of your way to form that connection, you energize yourself as well. We’re stronger together, so schedule a time to stop by the room of a colleague to see how things are going and to offer your support. 

Use Great Resources!

At Blue Apple, we love to support teachers and to make their lives easier. That’s why we share free resources like our Timely Topics series. This month, check out Earth Day Explorers. You’ll find your students creating Earth-friendly masterpieces, exploring an interactive map of our planet’s incredible biomes, and helping to build a more sustainable tomorrow… all without needing to create a thing. Part of renewal is leaning on others for support, and we hope that includes your friendly Blue Apple coaches, Ben and Jamie 🙂

Life Curiously, My Friends

When you were a child, you thought like a child – and that means curiously! Capture that same energy by going out of your way to live a creative life. You’ll discover that when you pause to ask questions, to play, and to explore the world around you, life becomes much brighter. Here’s a great way to start: look at something around you. Ask yourself: how else could this object be used? That spoon could be a marshmallow launcher, an eyepatch, or the chair of an elephant that you want to drop.

Or, start a Question of the Day journal. Wonder is a powerful thing. Sometimes, all it takes is a little intentionality to get things kick started. I keep a Question of the Day journal myself, and I’ve found it really helps me feel connected to my sense of curiosity and wonder. When I live curiously, I find that I live a fuller, more energized life.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this spring might find you burned out, stressed out, and looking for a cure. By reaching out, checking in, and living curiously, you can energize yourself and bring a sense of renewal to your teaching. It will help you teach more powerfully, sure. But more importantly, it will help you live a richer and fuller life – and teachers deserve that.

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