No fluff, no filler, just white-hot hacks! I’m going to be sharing 4 super simple hacks that will keep you encouraged and motivated this new school year! All in honor of National Encouragement Day this week!
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Welcome to Make it Happen Monday, where I give you tricks to create your 5 Freedom Life. And, teachers, trust me when I say this-- these aren’t tips you’re going to hear in the BMW lounge!
Do you agree with this statement--difficult students make it hard to stay motivated and encouraged. Am I right? Can I get an Amen!
I remember this one year where I started the year knowing that I had a challenging group of 2nd graders. Well, guess what? It became a self-fulfilling prophecy, and the year went from good, to not so good. As the kids’ behavior got worst, mine did too! I wasn’t encouraged, and I sure wasn’t motivated! And, if I wasn’t, do you think the kids were encouraged and motivated? Heck no, right?
Finally, at my wit's end, I called my principal and asked her to observe and tell me what I could do better. I needed another set of eyeballs on the situation. Luckily, I had a supportive principal! Very quickly, she saw what the root of the problem was, and later she shared her wisdom. They are what I’m calling my white-hot hacks I’m sharing in hopes that they will help save you from getting to a stage of crash and burn.
But, before I do, I want to know...how’s your first week of school is going? Specifically, do you already know you have some of those difficult students? If so, write and tell me, I would love to read your comments!
Next, I’ll be giving you 4 actionable hacks that will have you smiling, laughing, and listening throughout the year! These are things you can do to go from surviving to thriving, especially if you’re already planning your exit strategy out of teaching! These tips will help you keep your sanity and end the year on a high note.
Okay, so here is the summary of what my principal told me on that life-changing day that turned around my attitude and classroom. I’m going to give it to you in
4 Simple Words:
Listen, Laugh Smile & Summit.
That’s it! Simple, isn’t it so?
Let’s get you some tricks to start implementing proactively today, while things are still good at the beginning.
When my principal observed my classroom, she noticed I was the majority talker, doing all of the work. I wasn’t listening enough to my students-- I needed to put the students’ brains to work, after all, that’s why they’re in school, right? The same concept of listening more, speaking less, applies with your colleagues as well. And, when you speak less, you have more time. It’s obvious, your focus switches from talking to doing.
There is a crazy fact I found--If you could refrain from talking for 5 minutes a day, in a month you will have gained 150 minutes!
No talking for just 5 minutes a day and you have 2.5 hours to do more, a month!!!
-What would you do with this time?
Whatever you want, of course!
Before I share the next 3 hacks, let me tell you, you’re going to want to watch until the end, as I have a special coupon code that I’ll be giving you for 21 Days of MOTIVATING Encouragement to help you gain more freedom in your life! It’s a not to be missed offer! And it’s free!
Next, is Laughing. So, when my principal came into my room, besides not listening, she saw no laughing, not by me and definitely not by the students--There was plenty of inappropriate laughing, but that certainly wasn’t helping my motivation or my mood!
Laughing: empowers you, recharges you, and it’s also contagious. Giving yourself a moment to laugh at an unbearable situation helps put things into perspective. One way you can do this is by getting a year-in-a-box calendar that will give you a quick laugh when you glance at the joke for the day. Put it right next to your alarm clock to read when you wake up--Start your day with laughter!
The last thing my principal noticed from her observation was that I wasn’t smiling and you know what that means...no one is enjoying themselves!
It sounds simple, but for teachers, it sometimes feels crazy. How can you smile with so much work, not enough hours to finish your work, and definitely without the pay your worth?
You smile because it physically changes your body chemistry and, well, if you’re genuinely burning out, it will spark something inside you to keep moving forward.
So, how to do it?
Think of yourself as a smile millionaire! The more genuine smiles you’ll give, the more you will receive!
One way to remember to smile more is to have smiling cues in the form of sticky notes sprinkled throughout your day. Smile every time you're about to enter your workplace. Smile every time you walk over to your desk. Or, create a "Smile File," put nice notes you get in the box. When you have a rough day, pull one out!😊
Listen, Laugh and Smile, the 3 hacks you can do to stay encouraged this year. But, wait, there’s one more, and it's the one with the free offer.
The summit! I’m hosting a first of it’s kind, never been done before, a virtual summit called Freedom for Educators, where I’ve assembled a group of 21 highly successful educators turned entrepreneurs speaking about how they went from dreaming to doing, and how you can too! It’s going to be an epic event, and you don’t even have to travel anywhere to hear these experts! I want to offer you a complimentary seat at this summit in October. All you have to do is go to my site, www.SuzanneKlein.com and take the 5 Freedom Quiz. You will not only find out how you score in the 5 freedoms, but you’ll also grab your free virtual summit seat! The link will be below.
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Until next time, Stay savvy my friends!
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