Or maybe you attended a teacher development session at your school, went to a conference, took part in a webinar or signed up for a course to improve your teaching skills.
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You clearly understand the value in continuingly developing yourself professionally and not remaining dormant. So give yourself a pat on the back for your thirst for learning. What did you do that took you out of your comfort zone? Maybe you attempted a different method of teaching from what you were used to. Or you might have incorporated into your lessons a new teaching tool or piece of technology that you had never used before.
Or perhaps you took on a course that you had never run before.
Experimentation and trying something you are not as familiar with can be nerve-wrecking and takes guts to do but can be so fruitful and exciting. So give yourself a pat on the back for being brave enough to give the unfamiliar a go this year. It could have been an issue with a manager, colleague or a student. What decisions did you have to make and what actions did you have to take to resolve it?
Were you happy with how you managed the situation? What did you learn from it? Dealing with challenging situations can be tricky but these experiences can teach us so much about ourselves and how people behave. While practically everyone makes mistakes, not everyone learns from them.
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As teachers we know that mistakes are an important part of learning. We tell our students that they need to make mistakes in order to learn. But how much of that advice do we take for ourselves? How hard were you on yourself the last time you made a mistake? So give yourself a pat on the back for the courage to make mistakes and the wisdom to learn from them.
How did you give back this year? Did you connect with other teachers and support them in their development in some way?
Did you stand up for your beliefs and debate about how things are done? Did you share your knowledge and reflections via a teacher training session, a conference talk, an article or a blogpost? Did you volunteer to help with something that could benefit others? So give yourself a pat on the back for making our industry a better place. Was it when you solved a problem? Or when you created a new course or lesson plan that worked well? Or when you successfully organized something for your class or your colleagues? Or when your students felt comfortable enough to experiment with language in the classroom and you knew it was partly due to the learning environment YOU helped create?
If this applies to you, give yourself a pat on the back for recognising all the little things that make you happy, for the happier we are, the better we can be for the people around us. It might be a student who needed extra guidance or a listening ear or it might be a colleague who needed some advice or for you to share your lesson idea.
You didn't need to dedicate this extra time to do this. He is right in his assertion that I can be too hard on myself sometimes. If I can share any measure of hope through my experiences, or a sense of a shared community, then that is the best reward I can ever receive. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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Keep on keeping on, Dr. You are an inspiration for many! Congratulations on making all those column deadlines, in spite of physical challenges!
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