Get Back to Where You Once Belonged
My palms were sweaty, my gut was clenched, my hands were visibly shaking. Guess where I was headed? I was headed to jail. I was being buzzed into the State Correctional Facility for Juvenile Offenders. It was my first day of substitute teaching! “We’ll show you what to do once you get here,” the nice secretary had told me on the phone that morning when she called to see if I was available.
Thus began my career in alternative education. Not a great start, admittedly, but the end result was well worth it. This is not the case for all teachers.
According to Education Week, 44% OF NEW TEACHERS LEAVE THE PROFESSION WITHIN THE FIRST 5 YEARS.
That’s the painful truth! We lose talented, smart people of such goodwill for many reasons including challenging physical conditions, emotional stress, and unrealistic expectations. I have to say that in the course of my career I have experienced all of these which is why I wrote this book for teachers of alternative ed. students: STARS: Secondary Teachers of At-Risk Students. And, now you can have your own copy or buy one for someone else who is struggling in their classroom.
Preparing for a career only to have expectations dashed is devastating financially, emotionally and mentally. In many cases, this devastation may be avoided with a change in mindset. And not one you’ll likely hear about in teacher school. So, get back you fabulous teachers, use these 5 formulas and get back to where you once belonged: in the classroom. We need you so!
Sending love and hope,