When I went back to classroom teaching mid-2017, I knew that I would have very limited time to work on creative "teacherpreneur" projects. That's exactly what happened so I didn't "create" much at all in 2018. I always tell teachers to be realistic about their time and energy when working on things outside of the classroom. I'm not saying put your ideas on hold, but to make sure that you are not overloading yourself. Self-care is important in the work that we do so more on that later!
Now that I have officially left my 10-year part-time teaching position as an academic writing instructor, I'm excited about getting to that long 'to-do" list. First on my list is writing a book on teacher self-care which will be out sometime in 2019 (I will be working with Alphabet Publishing again). I knew that this was a topic of interest but it has really taken off! In 2018, I presented at the TESL Ontario conference in November, I did two webinars in December and have been invited to TESL Ottawa as the Keynote Presenter in February (Ottawa is Canada's capital for those of you outside of Canada). I'm excited to be attending the Teacher Self-Care Conference in Miami (March 2019) and in Atlanta (June 21-22 - click here for tickets http://bit.ly/2Ewic0b) where I will be delivering a TED-Talk-style presentation "The Road Back from Burn-out". Look for a few blog posts on this topic as well in EFL Magazine and TESL Contact.
One of the things that I talk about in my webinars and articles on teacher self-care is my own professional burn-out in 2015. At the time, I told colleagues that I was "retiring" because I actually didn't even think that I was burned out. I knew I needed a break, was exhausted and disenchanted with the college system, but burn-out? NO! I thought I was invincible. Self-care was NEVER part of my vocabulary but when I went back to teaching, I knew I needed to make several changes so that I could avoid burning out again.
Please make sure that you take time during the holidays (and all school breaks) to rest, relax, laugh, connect with people important to you and do something that you love to do! Remember the wise words of educator Eleanor Brownn - "You cannot serve from an empty vessel".
Do you practice self-care? How do you balance work with your personal life? Do you make sure that you take time for you? It is hard to do but we must make this mindset shift. Teaching will take up all the time that we give it. What will you start doing or stop doing in 2019 as part of your self-care?
Earning Income from Teachers Pay Teachers
This year, I earned a total of $3 on Teachers Pay Teachers. I haven't put much of an effort into uploading materials but I will in the new year. Has anyone had any luck earning additional income from selling their materials on this site? My publisher Walton Burns said that materials for young learners are most popular and that is it good to have at least 20 items in your store. I came across this article about teachers re-selling materials from TpT! So wrong on so many levels! https://www.edweek.
Teacher to Teacherpreneur Interviews
There are no interviews so I need to track down some teacherpreneurs! I'm always looking for teacherpreneurs to interview, so please get in touch if you are interested or you know someone who would like to be featured. So far I have interviewed about 75 teacherpreneurs and continue to learn so much!
And finally about time - we could all use more...Teacher Jeffery Silverstein offers some good advice in How to balance full-time work with creative projects http://bit.ly/2C28ilh
Start small and build slowly. He started with 10 minutes a day, then went up to 15 minutes, and kept going until he reached the hour mark. Building on a habit on a small scale helped him comprehend that he could find the time to put in the work. By only increasing the habit by small increments, the progress felt meaningful and manageable. He believes that "you can chip away at creative work and over time, it will add up".
What are your plans for the new year? Can you carve out 10 - 15 minutes a day to get your teacherpreneur project going? I'm excited to hear what you will be doing in 2019!
Happy holidays and all the best in 2019! Patrice
Check out Teacherpreneur Resources
1. Social Media Make-over
Do you know how to use social media to boost your online presence? Do your current social media profiles promote you positively and professionally? If not, the Social Media Make-over Checklist for Teacherpreneurs will help give you a social media make-over! I had a lot of fun designing this resource because I love social media. Click here to download the resource https://www.teacherpreneur.
2. Don't forget to become part of my LinkedIn group. There are more than 120 teachers in the group. Don't be shy! Everyone is at a different stage in their teacherpreneur journey. https://www.linkedin.
3. Read more than 75 inspiring teacherpreneur interviews http://www.
4. Get a copy of The Essential Teacher to Teacherpreneur Toolkit http://www.
5. Download 10 Tips to Transition from Teacher to Teacherpreneur. https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/
6. Set up a private coaching call with me to help you get started. https://www.teacherpreneur.
7. Connect with me on social media. Teacherpreneurs must be on social media!
P.S. Please forward this email to other teachers with an interest in transitioning from teacher to teacherpreneur.
My name is Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A. CPP and I reside in Canada. I have more than 20 years’ experience as an ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and Writer including 7 amazing years in Hong Kong. I have taught students from 8 to 80 years in a variety of programs such as ESP, EAP, Business English, and language programs for new immigrants in Canada. I'm now a teacherpreneur doing the things that I love such as writing, providing coaching to teachers as they transition to teacherpreneurs, delivering workshops on teacher self-care and applying the science of positive psychology or human flourishing to everything I do. Please get in touch with me at teachertoteacherpreneur.ca
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