"I just don't know how much longer I can keep doing this."
It’s a line I’ve heard from so many teachers over the years.
It comes out when you’re feeling the frustration of having a college degree, yet the people above you keep making you attend more and more useless trainings.
It pops into your head when your hands are tied from taking charge of the kids in your class, because you’re being treated like a kid yourself.
THAT THOUGHT IS ESPECIALLY HAUNTING WHEN YOU’RE JUST PULLING OUT OF THE PARKING LOT AT 6 O’CLOCK.
Despite being off the clock for nearly 4 hours, you still have papers to grade.
Your boss has been on your case about your test scores, but how can you teach when you’re facing behavior issues all day?
Hopefully by the time you finish eating take-out for dinner, you’ll have some time for your own kids. Then it’s off to bed to grade more papers next to your sleeping spouse…
…And it’s only Monday!
Hi, I’m Travis Broome. With over more than a decade in the school system, I somehow began to develop a reputation as a person that could be trusted among my fellow teachers.
More and more, staff members vented to me about their frustrations within the system and the fears of losing their passion.
While I was happy to lend an ear and give some advice, something else started happening – I noticed the job was wearing on me too.
Don’t get me wrong: I love to teach. I want to help kids learn and grow. It’s a passion I developed first by being inspired by my favorite teacher – my Dad.
(He was born to teach; the mayor of our town literally declared a day for him when he retired!)
He never pushed me into education, but I found my way there in college between him mentioning the upsides of being a teacher as well as my own experiences volunteering to help children with disabilities through Best Buddies.
Despite the job wearing on me, I pushed through it.
I got my Educational Leadership degree, figuring that if I was in it for the long haul, then I might as well work my way up the ladder and make more money.
Yet I decided administration was not for me.
Why? Quite honestly, I couldn’t look another educator in the eye and ask them to follow a rule or procedure I didn’t believe in myself.
From that moment on, I did my best to remind myself why I got into the profession to begin with: the kids.
I used my creativity to get lesson plans approved. I took pride in doing things the right way and delivering for the children, other teachers, and myself.
I developed mental and emotional strategies to keep myself going, and in turn naturally began coaching other teachers when they would come to me.
My passion as an educator was re-ignited when I realized that, although I love teaching kids, I was making a real difference coaching and teaching other teachers!
My meaning became helping these teachers navigate through the school system, working to help them relinquish their fears and frustrations, and ultimately leading them to rediscover their own passion for teaching.
Trust me when I say this: I truly believe teachers are the foundation of society, and I know so many teachers who feel the same way.
Ask adults about influential figures in their lives when they were young, and most will recall a teacher they had who really helped them along the way.
That’s why it frightens me knowing so many teachers are frustrated and ready to quit when we, as a society, need them so badly.
You have the ability to take back your passion and your profession.
I know that spark of hope is still alive because you’re here, reading this right now, and I can tell you from my own experience that it is absolutely possible to get back to a place where you enjoy what you do.
I’ve been where you’ve been: tired, depleted, defeated, and mistreated.
I know how you don’t feel supported. I know how you have to keep calm with angry parents on the phone.
And unfortunately, I can’t promise you that every day will be unicorns and rainbows.
Yet I’ve come out the other side to a place where my good days far outnumber my bad days, and I can show you how to get there as well.
Just imagine getting coffee with a coworker and actually spending more time talking about what’s going well in your classroom instead of endlessly complaining.
Imagine walking into your classroom each day with a positive attitude.
Don’t let the days of loathing your job continue. It not only affects you, it affects the children in your care as well.
It’s in your control to get back to a good place, and we need good teachers like you to keep doing what they’re doing.
Get in touch with me via the contact form below and we’ll setup a time to chat.
Let me help you maneuver your way through the paperwork, meetings, and constant barrage of demands so that you can get back to doing what you do best and loving it: being a great teacher.
My initial consultation is totally free; you’re not locking into anything by reaching out.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.