The Importance of Proactivity [episode 25]


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During my first few years as a teacher, I developed some bad habits simply because I had so much to learn that could not be taught in a teacher certification program.

There’s only so much you can learn about theories or even from shadowing other teachers. Eventually, you just have to jump in and learn things the hard way, doing the best you can to manage all of the things. 

On top of figuring it out as you go, you have an audience of teenagers judging you along the way. I created survival mechanisms just to get by during those first years, and they became bad habits that I had to break.

Thankfully, I learned some things through experience and the wisdom of other teachers. In each episode this month, I’ll share a teacher habit that I’ve learned along the way that I wish I had started my first year.

In today’s episode, we talk specifically about the importance of proactivity and how being proactive as a teacher can save you so much time and energy in the long run, especially when it comes to interactions with our students and their parents and guardians. We’ll talk briefly about lab day prep. Then we’ll spend the majority of the episode talking about proactivity with parents (which I’ve learned a lot about over the years!)

There’s still time to sign up for my FREE live virtual professional development workshop called 3 Secrets to Stress-Free Lab Days happening this summer. Be sure to find a time that works for your schedule and reserve your seat. If you attend live, you’ll receive one of my favorite proactivity bonuses for free! 

Topics Discussed on the Importance of Proactivity:

  • Why I created my FREE live virtual professional development workshop, 3 Secrets to Stress-Free Lab Days
  • How I learned the hard way what happens when you’re not proactive when it comes to parent relationships and communication
  • The best way to communicate with parents and start to see them as partners instead of burdens
  • 4 simple yet effective tips for improving relationships with parents

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Secondary Science Simplified is a podcast specifically for high school science teachers that will help you to engage your students AND simplify your life as a secondary science educator. Each week Rebecca, from It’s Not Rocket Science, and her guests will share practical and easy-to-implement strategies for decreasing your workload so that you can stop working overtime and start focusing your energy doing what you love – actually teaching!

Teaching doesn’t have to be rocket science, and you’ll learn exactly what you need to do to simplify your secondary science teaching life so that you can enjoy your life outside of school even more. Head to itsnotrocketscienceclassroom.com/challenge to grab your FREE Classroom Reset Challenge.

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