Today, another group of students has provided this timely prompt:
As finals week is coming upon us, we all know that stress is a huge component that takes over our bodies during this time. Writing from a teacher’s perspective, knowing what you what you know being a student, what are some resources, guides, tips, and activities that you wish you would have seen in your own experience that you want to implement as a teacher for your students?
So, I am the teacher, turns out, and as should be clear over the last few posts, I’ve managed to work in information on the theory of sustainable teaching as much as possible. It’s not just because this is my research focus right not or that I’ve been spent the past two years developing the working theory with a group of super-smart teachers or that the CSU Writing Project is pushing the work out in a big way this summer with a regional conference or that I’ve co-written and co-presented slices of the work for a premier journal and several conferences.
It’s because this work has changed the way I move through the world as a teacher and a human being. I’ve learned to stop and breathe. I’ve learned to meditate. I’ve given myself permission to actually make things again, to read poetry, to light a candle before we sit down for dinner, to turn my phone to airplane mode so that I can devote an uninterrupted chunk of time for writing. I’ve learned to pause and breathe and look around.
This all sounds romantic, right? Like life should be love, light, and sunshine?
Well, not so much. These have been hard years for me and my students, too, but these resources have helped and are helping us continue down the path. They were curated by the teachers from the last two Institute for Sustainable Teaching. I’ve used them, I’ve passed them on to colleagues and students, and now to you. Dip your toe in. You’ve won’t regret it.