059 – More Than A Score: Stop Stressing About State Tests & Teacher Evaluations
Are you ready for a sing-a-long? I think you know this one… It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeear… With the kids filling in bubbles… And everyone telling you, “State testing is here!” It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeear! Or maybe we should replace the word “wonderful” with “stressful?”Not because it’s particularly stressful to hand out all the No. 2 pencils… And walk 79 laps around your classroom while the bubbles are being filled in… But because you’re left wondering if you’ve done enough. If your students are actually going to try their hardest. If they’re actually going to take their time and check their work. And if they’re actually going to remember all the things you’ve worked so hard on together this year. Now it’s just a waiting game. It’s out of your hands. And all there is left to do is just hope… Until it’s time to gear up for a brand new round of test anxiety next year. But is that really the only option you have? Do test scores and teacher evaluations have to cause you stress and turmoil? Is this just a part of what it means to be a teacher today? Does anxiety over all the numbers have to be the norm? Nope. I know I might be making some waves here… But this is what I truly believe. None of the scores have to cause you any emotional pain. You do NOT need to be stressed over your students’ scores or your teacher evaluation scores. The stress isn’t serving you. It’s not making you a better teacher. And it’s not making you a better parent, spouse, or friend. So why hang onto it? In this episode, you’ll learn: Why your students’ state test scores (and your teacher evaluation scores) don’t ever need to stress you out again. How a simple shift in your thinking can make a world of difference in your approach to the mandatory testing and evaluations in your school district. The 3 steps you can start taking today to release yourself from the stress of all the scores that don’t have to define your worth as a teacher. JOIN THE MOVEMENT TRUTH: You don’t have to sacrifice your health or happiness to be a great teacher. DARE: Regret-proof your #teacherlife by doing things differently. (Re)discover the life you thought you signed up for. Say goodbye to the #teachertired and say hello to the very best version of yourself. A tribe of teacher wellness warriors is launching soon! Get all the tools, strategies, and support you need to reclaim your time, restore your happiness, and transform your mental, emotional, and physical health. Click here to be first in line.