22 things I say to myself during the school term.

Self talk:the act or practice of talking to oneself, either aloud or silently and mentally.

There is no doubt that the emotional highs and lows of teaching are like that of a rollercoaster. It may be crazy but I self talk to stay sane, passionate and in the profession. Here are some of the little weird things I say to myself.

  1. What really is more important? That lesson objective or that you cared, nurtured and made someone feel important today?
  2. Are you lighting flames or filling buckets?
  3. Work smarter, not harder.
  4. Make a to do list.
  5. Consistently good is better than occasionally outstanding.
  6. Mark now! Don’t leave it till tomorrow.
  7. Are they really going to learn from this marking? Will they respond to it? Have you left it too long?
  8. This is not about how you teach. It is about how they learn.
  9. How will you capture their curiosity? Hook them in?
  10. Fail to plan, plan to fail.
  11. Before you plan- Assess. Build on from where they’re at.
  12. Getting observed? Feeling nervous? You’ve go this. Time to perform.
  13. Stop. Listen. Watch.
  14. Never jump to conclusions. First ask- What is going on? What happened?
  15. Own your emotions.
  16. Never let a child’s behaviour effect your ability to be the calm, stable role model in the room. Don’t do what you feel, do what is right.
  17. You are a professional.
  18. Laugh- but never at someone else’s expense.
  19. Be in the moment.
  20. A little sure progress in each lesson is the goal?
  21. People. We work with people.
  22. This job is not your whole life. Go home now.


Disclaimer: A thought doesn’t mean I practise this consistently. I’m definitely in the ‘work in progress’ club.



22 things I say to myself during the school term.