Megan Dredge - 4 Things You Must Remember Part 4

This week marks the fourth week in a 4-part journey discussing four things you must remember as a teacher. (Here are the links to Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 – in case you missed them).

Here is the final key, thanks to Mark Aiston who spoke at the Adelaide National Young Leaders Day, presented by the Halogen Foundation:

4. When things look rough, refocus

It is really important to acknowledge the fact that we will experience challenging situations in our day-to-day teaching. This is part of life. Instead of ignoring challenges or pretending they aren’t there, try this instead: when things look rough, re-focus. Take a step back from the situation and ask yourself, ‘What is really happening here? What can I do to rectify the situation? Where have I lost focus?’

This week’s assignment:

A great way of refocusing is to talk to someone about the situation. Sometimes just verbalizing what we’re going through helps us to see things more clearly. A word of warning: I’m not suggesting you ‘gossip’ to another staff member about a particular student/parent/colleague. I am suggesting that you objectively ask someone you trust to help you refocus and work through it.

Enjoy the journey,

And more importantly,

Enjoy the moments.