The most appropriate topic on everyone's lips in Australia is storms. Two Tropical Cyclones hitting on the same day, (that is Hurricanes for the Northern Hemisphere readers). I'm based about 400km south of the largest, a Category 5 Cyclone, and we are only expecting a lot of rain (300-500mm) in the next 36 hours. This has resulted in most schools closing for today and staying home safely with my family.
People across the state are bracing for a storm, and as teachers we have to weather countless storms throughout the year. We deal with students that are struggling with their own personal issues, life at home and adolescents. Various disagreements, lack of support or negativity may exist between staff. Restrictions by an educational system tied to archaic regulations, and communities that are disinterested in their children's education. Then there are teachers own personal lives that impact on their health and wellbeing.
Teaching is an emotionally turbulent profession that requires us to help students through their own physical & emotional developments, and at the same time deal with parents, community, education departments and financial struggles. We need to support each other, ask for help and not be afraid to speak up.
As we experience storms in our lives, remember that their is always a silver lining and a rainbow around the corner.
Bonus: My Twitter Recommendations- Letter S
These educators have been part of my PLN for some time and it is fantastic to be able to connect with them, share ideas, be challenged and learn from one another. (So many names with S, sorry if I missed a few)
Sonya van Schaijik