In today's episode, Dr. Sam is joined by Leanna Malinowski, an award-winning educator, to discuss tips and strategies for staying motivated. Leanna shares valuable insights and practical advice for pre-service teachers and anyone looking to keep their energy and enthusiasm high. Get ready to discover new ways to maintain motivation and create an engaging learning environment.
Understanding the Mid-Semester Slump:
Leanna emphasizes that the mid-semester slump is a common experience for pre-service and classroom teachers.
It's important to acknowledge this phase and not feel discouraged by it. Even students go through it.
Teaching is like a performance; maintaining energy and enthusiasm is crucial for creating an engaging learning environment.
Resources to Boost Energy:
Leanna recommends Dave Burgess' book, "Teach Like a Pirate," which emphasizes the importance of exciting and captivating lessons.
She suggests exploring Dave Burgess' podcasts and resources for an instant energy boost.
Another great educator is Monica Genta, who provides quick tips and strategies to keep motivation high, especially for middle school teachers.
Self-Learning and Professional Development:
Dr. Sam and Leanna highlight the importance of continuous learning and professional development.
They encourage teachers to explore resources and webinars that are energizing and aligned with their interests.
Leanna advises saving recordings or bookmarking resources for later when the workload is lighter.
Self-selected professional development allows teachers to focus on topics that resonate with them and keeps motivation high.
Taking Breaks and Setting Boundaries:
Leanna emphasizes the need for teachers to give themselves breaks when necessary.
Finding time for exercise or engaging in activities that bring joy and release energy is crucial for maintaining motivation.
Teachers should talk to their cooperating teachers or colleagues for personalized advice on time management and setting boundaries.
Personal Time and Friendships:
Leanna stresses the importance of personal time and self-care for teachers.
Finding enjoyable activities, such as cleaning the house or pursuing hobbies, helps you stay motivated.
Leanna suggests dedicating a specific day, like "Friend Friday," to reach out and connect with non-teacher friends.
Cultivating relationships and maintaining friendships outside of teaching is essential for well-being and motivation.
Find ways to maintain motivation and keep their energy levels high. Leanna Malinowski's insights and strategies provide valuable guidance for pre-service teachers and educators seeking to create an engaging learning environment. Remember to prioritize self-care, explore energizing resources, and connect with friends to stay motivated throughout the semester.