The non-renewal process is a very stressful time in a teacher’s career. This is an issue that is not discussed a lot. Today, we are going to discuss how to thrive during the non-renewal process.
Over the last few months, I have been opening up this blog to guest bloggers who have been able to bring their various strengths and experiences to share with my readers. Today’s blog post was written by Jessica who teaches in New Jersey.
My final piece of advice is the hardest to implement. Being “let go” really shakes your confidence as a teacher, as a person. I remember sitting at some of these interviews, next to girls fresh out of college and thinking, “They’re never gonna’ give me a second look.” This kind of attitude will get you nowhere. The first few interviews I went on, I know I screwed up because I lacked the confidence and positivity I knew they were looking for. I was in my own head. I was bitter, I was angry, I was depressed, and interviewers can really pick up on things like that. It wasn’t until I really took a step back, adjusted my attitude, and remembered why I got into teaching in the first place that I started getting callback, after callback.
Get off social media for a while.
Stop comparing yourself to other teachers, and stop thinking that there’s something wrong with you.
Stop thinking about all your friends who may or may not be getting tenure now, and don’t worry about the other teachers you didn’t like who “got to keep their job”.
Find your zen.
Believe in yourself.
Fill your life with positive people and positive thoughts.
The moment you believe that you’ll succeed is the moment everyone else will believe it too.
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