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Staying in school: Reconnecting with your ‘why’

Why did you become a teacher? We must reflect on what brought us into education and what will keep us there if we are to avoid burn-out. Emily Kenneally explains

Do you ever ask yourself: “Why did I decide to work in education?”. Taking time to reflect on our day, our practice and our reactions can help us reclaim the joy in teaching.

Regardless of your role in education – teacher, leader, school business manager, teaching assistant or lunchtime supervisor – you are who you are because you made a decision to work in a school setting.

And there will have been reasons behind this decision. In her book, Joy in Teaching (2018), Dr Tiffany Carr suggests that taking time to reflect on our day, our practice, and our reactions is a key piece in reclaiming our joy in teaching.

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