The CRWP Teachers As Writers Blog will feature guest posts in July in advance of the National Writing Project Midwest Conference. The NWP Midwest Conference takes place August 3, 4, and 5 in Madison, Wisconsin, and will feature presentations from NWP Teacher Leaders and Site Directors, as well as a keynote and pre-conference from the CRWP’s own Troy Hicks. Today’s post comes from Natalie Owen of the Greater Madison Writing Project in Wisconsin.
I began investigating Mindfulness when I realized after a couple years in the classroom that there is always more that could be done. Mindfulness is finding a way to be more present so we can enjoy our time with students more, approach the natural challenges of the profession gracefully, and be a balanced role model for our students. Here are five tips for teachers looking to incorporate mindful habits.
1. Like yourself just the way you are!
I love that as a teacher I am always wanting to get better. I have found many teachers who also share this endless zest to always improve. I am learning that I also need to like exactly where I am right now as a teacher. Appreciating where we are allows us to give ourselves grace in the forever process which is developing mastery. I’ve also determined once and for all that guilt is unproductive. Enjoy the leisure time you give yourself and stop wasting a good night’s sleep over fretting about what is not yet right. Continue reading