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As I enter my tenth year in education, I never cease to be amazed by the quantity of meaningful content created by teachers and students all over the country. I have seen beautiful student poetry and art in school hallways. I have laughed as a teacher read journal entries to me from her first year teaching diary. I have also seen a teacher who was struggling in the classroom come alive when delivering a poem about his identity.
These moments are opportunities that allow you to elevate your voice, share your perspectives, and inspire others. One way to do that is through self-publishing.
If you don’t think you have something worth sharing, you do. Keep reading to find steps you can take to publishing your work or the work of your students. So, dust off those short stories, student poems, funny journal entries, doodles, sketches, and other forms of written or visual art, and follow these five steps:
Are you really passionate about your content? Maybe you have excellent strategies to incorporate tech in the classroom. Maybe you want to share resources for teachers to bring more culturally responsive practices into their classrooms. Whatever it is you can’t get enough of learning about and talking about as it relates to your teaching craft, you should consider sharing it as a podcast. It’s a simple, easy way to share your passion with educators across the globe that they can tune into while they are commuting, walking their dog, or maybe while they are hanging in the break room.
As teachers, we can sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day tasks of our job that we forget to lift ourselves up from the weeds and look at our classroom from a distance. Of course, specific, measurable, and short-term goals are what amount to overall incredible results at the end of the year, but we can’t forget what our big goal is - our North Star.
If you find yourself going through the motions and asking yourself, “Why am I doing this again?”, it may be time to revisit your classroom vision (or create one if you don’t have one yet). I love writing my classroom vision and revisiting it in January to remind myself of the all the important goals I set out to accomplish during the school year.
Just today, I decided to revisit my vision before returning to school after winter break. It took me less than 30 minutes to complete (22:36 to be exact) and I feel so re-energized to tackle quarter three. Here is how I did it:
Carla Rivera-Cruz (CRC) is an educator and entrepreneur committed to helping like-minded educators reach their fullest potentials.