We’ve all seen the posts and the memes: “Teachers Are Rock Stars!” “I’m a Teacher; What’s Your Superpower?” But do any of us ever really feel like “rock stars” or superheroes?
I know I don’t. Like, ever.
That’s why I want to do a giveaway for Teacher Appreciation Week that just celebrates teachers for being teachers. For showing up every day–ok, almost every day–in service to students. For taking care of business. For doing the damn work.
We all know the work can be incredibly rewarding. But it’s also some of the most physically, emotionally, and mentally draining work there is. We have to take time to practice self-care so we can feel refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on the next part of the work.
So I ask you: what do you do to renew?
Here’s what I do (no judgement, please–this is a safe space!): I hike along the trails in my neighborhood. I bang out a couple of episodes of Judge Judy on my DVR. I go out for coffee with my friends and gossip about the Kardashians. I make art.
Comment below about the things you do to renew, and I’ll draw a name on Friday (5/11/18) and send one person a signed copy of my book from Stenhouse, Renew! Become a Better–and More Authentic–Writing Teacher. If you already have a copy of Renew!, no worries–gift it to a colleague! We all know that books make the best gifts.
Enjoy your week–and don’t forget to refresh and renew!