Hey there sweet teacher, can you believe that we are actually in the end of the year season of this historical and absolutely crazy year? We did it, we’re almost there almost to the finish line. That doesn’t mean we are not still stressed and overwhelmed with all of the things that are on our plate. But what if we could finish with more joy, a brighter spirit and ensure that our upcoming year will have a fresh, well planned beginning? That is my hope for you.
I actually go through a process each year that gives me this hope, energy and sustainability to finish the year with joy. So in today’s post, I’ll be linking this podcast episode and the three that will follow it. We’re going to harness the positivity needed to finish this year out joyfully. If that sounds like a plan, you need to stick with me today. Are you ready?
Why I Want YOU to Finish With Joy
Welcome, beautiful friend. If you don’t know me, my name is Toni. And one thing I’m all about is creating joy in the teachers of our little students so that they can sustain in their career and create the impact that they always hoped they would.
Joy is a powerful tool for us.
Anything that you find joy in is something you’re going to continue in and grow in. And I definitely want you to find joy as a primary teacher, because as I said, our little ones need you to stick around. That is my goal. And that is one of the underlying themes in this series.
Now I want you to know, if you are finding this in real time, that is incredible. That means that you are either still in the classroom, or you have just finished up your year and still have all of that fresh on your heart. But if you are finding this series later, at any point, these exercises can still be highly effective for you and helping you find more joy as a teacher. I promise if you go through this process with me, you’re going to feel refreshed and have that frame of mind that helps you seek out joy.
How to Finish With Joy
You know, I’ve had teachers asked me in the past, “Toni, how do you love teaching all the time? How are you so joyful in what you do?”
And the answer is that I choose to be joyful. I choose this frame of mind. But there are steps and processes that I follow that definitely reinforce that in my life. Today, I’m happy to share with you how I ensure that I can finish out the school year with joy. So every week commit to yourself that you will return here with me and follow along with these actions.
To help and guide you through this process, I have created a Finish with Joy workbook. This workbook is absolutely free and pairs along with each podcast episode. So definitely grab your free workbook and follow along with this process.
You owe it to yourself, you owe it to your students, you owe it to your career as an educator to seek and finish with joy.
This series contains four verbs, so that means you have to take action! And year after year, these actions have proven to me that they can push me forward, sustain me as a teacher, and definitely increase my job. Even now at the end of the school year when I’m still with my current students, when looking ahead and planning fills my heart with joy and hope, and that is what we need to finish this year off, right?
The first episode is called Joy Rooted Reflection. The first step to getting better and improving at anything is reflecting, and I’m going to make you reflect through the lens of joy today. So when you’re ready, let’s do this together.
John Dewey said that we don’t learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.
I don’t know about you, but each year I have to complete a teacher self reflection that my principal has made. I won’t lie, I do it quickly just to get it done and to check it off my list.
But I implore you, teacher, to please put your best heart and effort into today’s exercise, because we’re not doing this for our principal or to check it off of our to do list. We are doing this for ourselves. Today’s reflection is specifically for you. And it is completed through the lens of joy.
With that, let’s get to our Joy Rooted Reflection in your Finish With Joy workbook. So hop on over to the podcast, and let’s do this together!
Eliminate for Joy
I am so excited about today’s topic because it brings together two of my passions. Of course, I am a classroom teacher just like you. I love what I do. It brings me so much joy. But on the side in my free time I like to dig down into the entrepreneurial space, the business side of things. And today I’m going to share secrets of the entrepreneur world and how to eliminate excess in order to be high performing, less stressed out, and more impactful in our careers.
If the thought of saying goodbye to something you do every day is probably making you nervous, you are probably thinking to yourself, “But I have to do this, I can’t stop doing it, the world will fall apart. I just have so many things to do, and so little time to do it.” Well friend, let me tell you, that is a big fat lie that you’ve told yourself for way too long.
We need to get into this mindset that our time as a teacher is precious. We don’t have room for anything that is not creating the results that we want. So if you’re ready to focus in on what you do that makes the most impact, let’s do it!
Teacher, are you ready to translate your stress into solutions that will set you up for a joyful school year?
We all have pain points, or stressors, in this career. Today, I’m going to walk you through how to examine those and design actionable steps to prepare you for your most joyful year yet. We can choose joy, but it isn’t enough to show up to our classrooms one day and decide that that’s the day we’re going to be joyful.
We’re going to pick our top three pain points and then design solutions for them so that they don’t continue to steal our joy next year.
Are you ready?
Joy-Guided Development – COMING May 27
I cannot believe this series is coming to an end! This episode is all about developing with joy as your guide. This isn’t your average (boring!) professional development. To stay enthusiastic and motivated in this career, we need to continually be growing and investing in ourselves. Summer is the perfect opportunity to do that. We’ll have less stress, maybe a little more time, and the mental capacity to handle it.
But no worries! This will not eat up your summer. Because this is when we get family time, pool time, and time in the evenings to catch fireflies and watch for shooting stars.
So if you’re ready to do some professional development that YOU choose, head on over to the podcast and let’s get you ready to make a difference!
Finish With Joy!
My hope is that the joy you find in these exercises can help you finish out this year with a bang but also look forward to coming back next year. How joyful you are as a teacher definitely has a great impact on your students and your career as a whole. So we always need to improve keep learning, keep working at it and just hang around.
If you enjoy this series, you are going to love my upcoming professional development that will release over the summer called Joyful Teacher Academy. This is a community and video training designed to help teachers find joy in the classroom, that way they can continue and have their wonderful impact on our little learners. By leaving your email you will be the first to be notified about its release.
With that I’ll let you get back to your hectic and joyful teacher life, but until we meet again, you go make a difference, teacher friend!