Hey friends, when I was an education major (back in the early 2000s) I learned so much about what it meant to be a teacher. I learned about strategies, pedagogies, and best practices. I learned about the importance of building relationships with students and how to adapt instruction. One thing I didn’t learn about was the power of self-care.
Early in my teaching career I would arrive at school early and stay late each night. I volunteered for committees and training other teachers. I did a lot those first few years, but I didn’t take care of myself. Now, as a seventh-year professor of education, I make sure that this a topic that we discuss – self-care.