• Laura

Teacher Positivity Challenge 2019

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Oh, friends. I am SO excited about this. It's been on my heart for a while to do something intentional to encourage positivity amongst educators. We have such a tough job. Whether you are a teacher in a brick and mortar school setting, a homeschooling parent, an online teacher or any other iteration of an educator, it's way too easy to allow your mind to be pulled into the dangerous black hole of negativity. I encourage you to do everything in your power to resist the pull. Why? Because our work is important. It's impactful. Our mindset and outlook influence our actions which, in turn, can have a lifelong ripple effect on our students and co-workers. Jennifer Gonzalez, in her brilliant blog and podcast, Cult of Pedagogy, has a great analogy for this all-too-frequent phenomenon. Go HERE to read her article about "Finding Your Marigold".

Spring is a season of growth and new life. In the school year calendar, it's often a season of testing, frazzled teachers and students itching for summer break. When I was a classroom teacher, I often felt burdened by all the tasks and to-dos that come in the month of May. At the same time, I was wistful, knowing that my time with my tribe of students was coming to a close. Teacher friends, you have spent the past 9 months building relationships and facilitating learning. Now is the time to look for that growth, to see it, and to celebrate it.

Beginning May 1st, I am launching what I'm calling the "Teacher Positivity Challenge 2019". Every day during the month of May, I will post something positive about my school here on the blog as well as on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I am super excited about the opportunity to intentionally look for the positive and share it with others every single day.

I hope you will join me in this challenge.

If you'd like to participate, please do the following:

1. Save the image above and share it on all your social media accounts with the sentence "I'm taking part in the Teacher Positivity Challenge 2019."

2. Use the hashtags #teacherpc2019 and #makemayaMAYzing in your posts.

3. Try to post something positive about your students and/or school every day during the month of May. Don't worry if you don't post every day. Just try to do it as often as you can. The ripple effect of this will be impactful for you, your followers, and (most importantly) your students.

4. Encourage everyone you know to participate in this challenge. Let's make May aMAYzing by celebrating how we've all grown.

I've created some printables to support this challenge in my own school. I've made them available as a FREE download in my TpT store. GO HERE for the link to this resource and share it with everyone you know! Finally, I'd like to give a shout-out to Alexandra from Big Life Journal for the inspiration behind the teacher tear-off printable in this resource. She shared a similar one for students. I thought this was a fantastic way to help adults take part in my challenge. Go check out all her great resources at Big Life Journal.

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