Teaching can be an emotionally and physically stressful career. Since becoming a teacher 7 years ago, I gained a lot of weight, felt depressed and started getting weekly migraines. This school year I decided to get my health in check. This podcast is dedicated to helping teachers like me feel better from the inside out! Every episode is full of whimsical antics and good times while dishing out the best health and wellness advice out there! :D
The Problem is ... Getting past the grass and bettering yourself in your teaching career
There are so many problems in the teaching career right now. Every source of media complains about the world of education constantly, and it can be hard to see any positive aspects to the teaching career right now.
In this episode, Jess (the whimsical teacher) talks about how to identify problems and use 4 different activist- based pathways to living your best teacher life.
So many avenues, so little time~! Let's get on with the show!
Setting Boundaries at School - What does that even mean?
In this episode, I dish all about setting boundaries at school.
**Here are tips for speaking up for yourself**
Write down on paper why you need to do this.
What are your feelings if you don't do it? Will you be resentful?
Honor these feelings as being valid. They are real. They are yours.
**Setting boundaries at any job**
Know your limits
Check in with your feelings
Give yourself permission
Consider the environment and consequences.
++Take time off- use technology to cut corners, tpt hello! Google forms for surveys, less paper, less stress. ++
My Plan for Surviving Another Pandemic School Year- Thoughts and Reflections
How will I survive this school year! Another pandemic year?! EEEK
My Self Care comes first
Daily self care
Meal Planning/shopping on weekends
Fixing my breakfast, and my lunch
Preplanning all my outfits for the week
Doing a toiletry/personal care check on the weekends
Spending time with my dogs and husband phone free
Practicing things that lower my blood pressure
Shoe check - because of gout/etc,
At school. It’s inevitable- contract hours are not enough to lesson plan and copy all the things. So you need a plan
I like choosing late or early. Will I come in early or stay late.? But never both. Or a balance of both.
Check to see if your school’s pta or something like it will make you copies? This can save a ton of time.
Embrace activities that don’t feel like work. Don’t guilt yourself over that time. The job is so diverse there are things that don’t feel like work, and I just let myself feel that FLOW.
Each week, fix your space. Clean organize, beautify an area.
I start the week asking.. What can I do to make this week easier for myself and my students?
So much drama over papers, and work, and grading, streamline the processes.
PEOPLE WILL SURVIVE I”””F YOU DON’T MICROMANAGE AND PLAN EVERY LITTLE THING FOR THEM!!!!
Everything will work out. Sometimes we need to let go. Duder always says “why do you care about that?” She’ll just keep asking me why until I run out of answers and I realize that everything I’m worried about is just stuff that I’m imposing on my own belief system
If you need a little paper with 180 days, that you can shade in each day to see progress.. Do it.
Surviving The First Week of School
I did it! I survived! I hope my tricks and tips for surviving the first week will help you survive as well! WE got this teachers!
Healing from Pandemic Teaching
In this episode, Jess discusses the year of pandemic teaching and how it impacted her teaching and career.
The episode is chalked full of insight, healing, and lessons learned.
5 Daily Habits to Improve Your Teacher Life
Teacher Life is not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of hard parts. If you struggle, listen to this episode, and you might walk away with something that can help your daily routine!
Love this Podcast
I have listened to all of Jessica’s podcasts about 3 times each. She is like listening to a friend. She’ll say something, and I’ll randomly nod my head in agreement. She is incredibly genuine. Jessica-You need to start posting more regularly again!
A breath of fresh air
In this current toxic teacher environment, Jessica’s podcast is a breath of happy and healthy fresh air. I am a 28-year veteran of teaching, this year serving in the remote teacher trenches. That said, Jessica has a bouncy-yet-realistic vibe that speaks to me, particularly during this pandemic. I encourage you to listen!
Enjoyable and educational
Jessica offers an entertaining and informative podcast that is focused not solely on the classroom but on the overall well-being of teachers. I appreciate her helpful takes on everything from student teaching to money.