Google defines the word STYLE as a “manner of doing something, a way of painting, writing, composing, building. a way of using language.” Secondly STYLE is defined “a particular design of clothing.” Finally STYLE is “flair, stylishness, elegance, grace, gracefulness, poise, polish, suaveness, sophistication, urbanity, chic, dash, panache.”
A style is like a fingerprint. Each of us brings a uniqueness to our manner of doing something, especially teaching. Having been in hundreds of classrooms and observed thousands of lessons being taught there is a flair, elegance, and grace and yes often panache to how a teacher teaches.
Lack of time causes frustration.
However, teachers sometimes express frustration in not having the space to be expressed or get the job done. This can be due to the time restraints of the teaching day, time restraints of their only being 24 hours in each day, time restraints that come with the job such as student meetings, parent meeting, school meeting, district meetings and district tracings. A great teacher does not only work from the sound of the morning school bell to the sound of the end of class bell. Most teachers work an average of 50-60 hours a week in planning, preparing lessons, returning phone calls, answering emails, prepping student materials, researching new ideas and being present in after school meetings. Therefore, time is the first approach we are going to tackle in the journey of finding one’s personal style.
1. Give yourself consent
Give yourself consent to take care of yourself. Go home when your are tired. Eat healthy food and slowly. Go to the bathroom when you need to. Give yourself permission to get adequate sleep, exercise and have hobbies. Spend time with your family and friends rather than doing paperwork, especially report cards! We can’t be our best for others or have much style unless we first take care of ourselves. TIP: If you need a consent form or permission send me an email and I will happily give you consent.
2. Be still
Take the time to sit quietly when you are stressed, can’t seem to get clarity on a situation or are troubled about a matter at work or home. Each of us has a small intuitive voice that speaks up only we are still. The soft quiet voice also has some great ideas about what your personal style is!
3. “No” is a complete sentence so use it
The best way to get more space in your life for all the fun stuff is to start saying “No.” If it is difficult or uncomfortable to start with such a short remark there are variations of this intent. “I will have to get back to you” which gives you room to respond in a way that gives you time and space.” “ I am such a visual learner would you text me or put that in an email?” “No way Jose'” also works. Here is my favorite: ‘Are you crazy there is no way I am doing that!”
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