Knowing and reminding yourself why you are a teacher is key to success. It will help you focus on your students, increase your own resilience, decrease the likelihood of burnout and weather the bad days! Check out this video blog for a better understanding of how you can identify your why.
Hi, my name’s Keely from Learners Edge. And I’m here to talk to you today about identifying your why.
Why did you become a Teacher?
When you’re able to identify your why this can help you really know how to focus on your students. And it can also help you decrease burnout and increase your own educator resilience.
Simon Sinek, author and also presenter, writes in his book Start with Why about the importance of knowing your why. And this is really about your passion. It’s important for you as a teacher to know what your why is and why it is you’re in education in the first place. You can also help to share this with your students at the beginning of the school year so that they know that you’re truly there for them.
Another author that I found is James Kiger and he wrote the book, The Spark. And it’s overcoming burnout and finding your passion. He identifies the passion as your why as well.
So either way, you’re looking to identify your why so that you can remember, on the very difficult, challenging days of teaching, why you’re there in the first place.
Take some time to reflect on your why. Download this help sheet and rekindle your inspiration!
And, if you’re a new teacher, this is the perfect time to “Identify Your Why” along with exploring all our other resources designed especially for those new to the classroom! You may also be interested in joining Cultivate: A Program for New Teachers, our year-long supportive community for newer teachers, offered through The Teaching Channel.