Listen teacher moms… you have a whole life outside of the classroom so some days it’s going to take a little more effort. I mean let’s be honest, good teachers obsess about observations because they want everything to go perfect: students engaged and on task, even transitions from task to task and a positive learning environment.
We spend countless hours planning engaging lessons because we want leave a lasting impression. Then on the day of observation nothing goes as planned. On the flip side of this is that good administrators understand which is why they randomly visit your classroom to catch you on your “good days”.
So here are more tips on surviving:
1️⃣Being observed comes with the profession. At times you will have multilevel leadership in your room, It happens.
2️⃣Show your students that you are human; you don’t have all the answers. Sometimes you’ll learn from them.
3️⃣Some days you just won’t feel like teaching, and that’s okay. Nobody’s perfect‼️
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Crazily there are people in this world that want to see you fall. In fact they are counting on it. It is up to you to show them what you’re made of. It’s not easy being a mom trying to keep it all together with tears in your eyes. It’s tough being an author when you’re independent and just out here trusting God. It’s equally difficult being a teacher and pursuing your dreams and you keep trying until you find your groove.
So being a business owner or entrepreneur or whatever you call yourself just make it happen. You have an unofficial fan club that’s watching your every move. Wave 👋🏽 at them through your content and keep shining.
You inspire people that pretend not to see you. Trust Me!
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Teachers get frustrated with teaching, new initiatives and things changing constantly but we continue for the love of the profession. As a veteran teacher more has to be done to bridge the gap between experienced and new teachers to create a common ground for growth.
Sadly the teacher turnover rates increase by the year resulting in 50% of new teachers leaving the profession within five years because they experience burnout.
A common pedagogical phrase is to begin with the end in mind. However, for a new teacher, to begin with the end in mind is difficult because they’re just getting started. It takes time and effort to get procedures, routines, and structure implemented succinctly in the classroom.
This is what beginning with the end in mind looks like:
1️⃣ Take ownership of your content and your classroom. The more knowledgeable you are, you can plan easily. Own your curriculum.
2️⃣ Instructional planning and Classroom Management are a perfect pair. Establish order and structure from the start.
3️⃣ Education is a continuum of change. Be flexible!
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I’m sure all educators can attest to the obstacles they faced when they first began teaching. Taking a walk down memory lane I can laugh at the good times and bad, as well as put things into perspective about approach, instruction, and impact.
#FirstYearTeachers and #VeteranTeachers learn that:
-Finding balance in your work and home life takes time. Each class, month, year is different.
-Finding solutions to instructional planning and classroom management is individual. Your approach determines your effectiveness.
-It’s bigger than oneself. Teacher are preparing and educating the future of our society. We must add compassion to our skill set.
1️⃣My Fourth Year In Middle School: The Truth About Teaching (Teacher Focused)
2️⃣12 Ways To Survive Your First Year Of Teaching (Teacher Focused)
My books give insight on how to teach with fidelity, be your authentic self in the classroom, and finding balance in your career.
Taking a personal inventory of myself and my skills, I knew that I wanted to do more than ordinary things. Ever since childhood I have had words floating around in my head that I have forced out onto paper over the years. Recently I sat down and faced my business, my approach to book marketing and my journey into entrepreneurship and realized I needed help. Furthermore, I needed to help myself get better positioned and edpreneur.
I base a lot of my writing on education because I began teaching in 2008 when I was over halfway done with my Masters in Public Administration. I had a plan for how my career would go as I completed requirements for my new teacher portfolio for the TAPP program. When MGRESA changed the submission dates for program completion, I was already a month into my Educational Specialist program because I had no traditional training or pedagogy. I set goals early in my teaching career based on where I would be in 3 years, in 5 years, and even 10 years. I met my 5 year goals within 3 so I know the power of manifestation.
By the time I had completed my educational specialist degree in 2010, I was ahead of my 5 year plan. Towards the end of my 4th year of teaching I had the bright idea to pursue my doctorate and from there my idea to write my book was outlined. It was not until 2013 that I put my most memorable experiences onto a word document and I began sifting through the details. I have always been ambitious and in between a divorce in 2011, school transfer in 2013, getting remarried in 2014, and stalling on my dissertation proposal I managed to graduate in 2016 with another degree, Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership, while simultaneously self-publishing my book.
Being a mother is my single most important job in my life but offering ebooks online, becoming my own boss, creating helpful content for other moms, teachers and ambitious individuals infusing my passion for writing and helping people together. Through my education, mixed work experiences, skills and training I’m confident that’s reading my books will help with personal development of individuals who struggle with finding balance in their careers and personal lives.
I have journaled and set new goals for myself my whole life and made the necessary adjustments when needed. Being asked was getting my degrees hard, do I like teaching, if I weren’t teaching what would I be doing, and are you going to keep writing is the reason I keep creating.
There’s no one size fit all but I like to think that I have a way of naturally understanding people and not judging their individuality. I have something for everyone!
LaTilya grew up loving to write and share her talents with her family and friends. In school she was often questioned about her writing style and realized that she had a unique approach to expressing her ideas. As she was completing her doctoral studies and birthing the idea of her first book, she realized that with some refinements, all things are possible.
PSB2 Publishing is LaTilya’s independent publishing company named as a tribute to her sons (Phillip Steven and Preston Sahir Bird). She desires to leave a legacy for them to hold in high esteem as she works hard to build the company and her authentic brand.
In her day to day career, the author and creator of PSB2 Publishing is a full-time public school educator that takes time to focus on teacher mentorship and the help that is needed to sustain quality educators in the field. She is set to release her second book, 12 Ways To Survive Your First Year of Teaching .
In this second book of educational revelations and real world approach, the author examines the frustrations of teaching and bridges the gap between experienced and new teachers to create a common ground for growth. The lighthearted approach to standard teaching practices creates a conversation needed as teacher turnover rates increase by the year, getting to the root of difficult truths of educational expectations, and the weight teachers carry as they shape the minds of the future.
LaTilya released her debut self-published book titled, My Fourth Year in Middle School: The Truth About Teaching July 2016. Her debut book richly recalls the obstacles she faced teaching at-risk, African-American youth at a southern middle school for eight years. This book centers around her experiences and lessons learned transitioning from active duty military service to becoming a professional classroom teacher.
It has truly been a learning experience as she ventures into the educational niche and start conversation about teacher mentoring and retention. Please take the time to read her books and leave a glowing review. Be a friend and share with aspiring educators.