#136: The Ultimate advice for teachers who are overwhelmed and stressed by teacher accreditation

#136: The Ultimate advice for teachers who are overwhelmed and stressed by teacher accreditation

If the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers seems alien to me... I must be a bad teacher. Right?

We’ve all been there.  You start with the intention of exploring how to complete the teacher accreditation process.  You head to the AITSL website or explore the documentation on your local teachers registration boards website.  The Rubric for the standards looms before you and the thoughts start to pop up, one by one in your mind. 

“I don’t know what this is asking me for” 

Becomes 

“Why don’t you understand this? Aren’t you a teacher?” 

Becomes 

“You can’t be very good at your job if this doesn’t make sense to you” 

Becomes  

“what if I’m NOT good at my job?” 

Becomes 

“I’m garbage at this!” 

And it all turns into one massive, overwhelming, confusing, terrifying place that you just don’t have time for right not. 

You justify this with thoughts like “I’m busy enough.”, “I hate the fact they expect me to do this EXTRA work”, “It’s a waste of time..” etc. 

Does that resonate with you?  Have you ever found yourself suddenly surrounded by negative thoughts that build and build until your stood in the middle of a very uncomfortable mind storm? It’s Not a nice place to be is it? 

Did you know that every time a negative thought pops into your head, if you don’t address it, your brain adds to it… every 20 seconds! No wonder it becomes overwhelming and you feel like you’re being chased by an AITSL shaped bear… one with big sharp claws. 

What if we did stop, take notice and choose to find the next best thinking thought?

This week, I’ve been inspired by some work I was doing with my son and some of things I’ve heard from you during my calls for the Evidence Engine competition we have open right now. 

This week, we’re talking about WHY these thoughts pop up and what they might be trying to tell you. I’m coming along as a ray of sunshine to move these clouds of discomfort away and help you see the wood for the trees. 

Don’t forget to share the reflections you right with @Edufolios on any social platform you like!  We can’t wait to read them!

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