Dr. Marquita Blades is an outstanding educator, consultant, author and talk-show host. Dr. Blades says that it’s okay to want to earn more money but self-care is very important which means putting ourselves and our families first.
I am not currently teaching. I resigned in 2016 to focus on consulting full-time. I taught high school biology, chemistry, and physics for 16 years in the United States.
My typical day begins with me getting up at 4:00 am and I am in my office by 4:30 am. The first thing I do is respond to and send emails for action items that are currently open on my To-Do List and post/interact on social media. By mid-morning (8:00 – 11:00 am), I am working on consulting projects which include creating workshops, resources, and writing. I spend the early afternoon (11:00 am-12:30 pm) checking and responding to emails. I also use this time to conduct research to support the projects that I am currently working on. I also typically schedule any conference calls and meetings during the afternoon hours (1:00-3:00). I spend the late afternoon hours (3:00 pm until) continuing to work on projects and send emails/ post/interact on social media. I don’t schedule calls and appointments every day so on the days that I don’t have appointments, I use the time to work on consulting projects.
I relax by getting regular manicures and pedicures. I also relax by cooking. Whenever I am stressed out or overwhelmed with a consulting project, I like to plan and cook something that I would not ordinarily cook. This allows me to get back into a creative space. I also relax by watching shows that have absolutely no educational value and reading.
I always knew that I wanted to launch a consulting firm, but I didn’t know how to do it. I thought I needed someone to call me into it or I’d have to invent some novel technique or strategy before I could begin. I didn’t realize that I could just take the things that I was already doing well and focus on those as a basis for my company. I had also started presenting at conferences in the district that I worked for so those experiences showed me that it could be done.
The Dr. Marquita Blades Show - Candid Conversations that Create Change is a media platform for candid conversations between educators, community leaders, parents, and students regarding the current trends and issues in education. I started this because I felt there was a deficit in programming tailored specifically to the field of education. (https://drmarquitablades.com/dr-marquita-blades-show)
They are available at www.drmarquitablades.com
Yes, I am currently working on a new book called POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Engagement & Collaboration While Maintaining Rigor in Science Courses. I'm the lead author for The Mediocre Teacher Project Anthology which is coming out soon.
7. Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
I am also preparing for the first Candid Educator Awards to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of my talk show, The Dr. Marquita Blades Show. This awards ceremony will honor today’s unsung heroes and pioneers in education.
8. How do you promote or market your book/products/resources?
I promote my work by presenting and vending at conferences and on social media.
I am currently doing everything myself. I know that it could be helpful to hire others, but that has not always been favorable. I hire VAs to complete admin tasks but everything creative is still sitting with me at this time.
The Mediocre Teacher Facebook page helps teachers avoid and battle through burnout by incorporating their unique gifts and talents into their daily practice.
In 2016, I launched The Dr. Marquita Blades Show-Candid Conversations that Create Change, a radio show dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education.
All of the skills necessary to be a teacher were transferrable into Teacherpreneurship: organization, time management, instructional design, giving assessments and providing feedback, and so many more.
Networking has been the most uncomfortable thing for me. As a classroom teacher, networking is not necessary, if you are good at what you do, but in business, your network is your net worth!
At one point, teaching was also new. Think about all of the challenges that you faced as you continued to develop as an educator. Growing pains are a part of anything that is new and are to be expected.
Self-care in education is a must. Put yourself first at all times. It’s also okay to want to earn more money for yourself and your family, so again, put yourself and your family’s needs first. Remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup!
Thank you so much for your time and for sharing part of your journey from teacher to teacherpreneur.
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My name is Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A., CPP. I have more than 20 years’ experience as an ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and Writer. I spent seven amazing years teaching in Hong Kong and have taught students from 8 to 80 years in a variety of programs. I now work as a teacherpreneur doing the things that I love such as writing books, courses and teaching materials; coaching teacherpreneurs, travelling at any time of the year and applying the science of positive psychology to all my work. Contact me at [email protected]
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