Today was a highly eventful morning in the Always Flourishing office especially as we had NO electricity whatsoever! With no electricity, we couldn't utilise our telephones as well as the all-important heater.
Despite these unwelcome setbacks, the Always Flourishing Team packed up the office and ended up temporarily relocating the director's living room for the morning. Little things such as a lack of electricity were never going to stop us from supporting our teachers and our schools.
Soon enough we were back in the comfort and warmth of our office, however, this incident got us thinking. Perseverance is key to pushing past any form of difficulty and today's teachers are undoubtedly brilliant at it. But what about those who need a little extra focus on it? What can they do to ensure they improve this crucial skill?
How Teachers Can Persevere
1. Know Your End Goal
This idea is related to the goals you set out to achieve. Maybe it's something really specific, such as making sure you undertake an hour of CPD a week, or possibly something more general such as improving your own wellness.
Although it's a very Business-like concept, SMART(ER) goals will enable you to plot what specific actions you need to undertake, how you can measure them as well as enabling you to evaluate your own performance once the goal is complete.
Whatever your goal is, make sure you devote fully to it with a good amount of thought and effort!
2. Adopt A Growth Mindset
The idea of Growth Mindset is something that has been focused on heavily in education recently for both staff and students. A Growth Mind-set, according to Dr Carol Dweck, is when "people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment".
To transform your current Mindset into a Growth Mindset, you could start by getting a firm understanding of your strengths and weaknesses through self-reflection, and then focus your attention and effort to understanding how various challenges can eventually become opportunities for you to build upon your skills through learning and even failing.
3. Rid Yourself Of Detractors
Your journey to improving your perseverance skills is no doubt a demanding but ultimately positive one and despite this, there will be people who will try and bring you right down.
Whether they tell you that will never achieve the success you envision or by simply showing a lack of support and encouragement, people like this should not deter you from achieving your goals.
Should the negativity of these people have a profound effect on you, maybe it's best to decrease the amount of time you spend with them if it's possible, to give you the thinking space you need to focus on developing good perseverance.
4. Set The Pace And Keep The Momentum
You will know how much effort and energy you'll be able to put into developing your perseverance skills in relation to how you can obtain your desired end result. Once you start this process, make sure you keep going no matter how long it takes.
Obviously, there are going to be many things could possibly set you back such as sickness or the next step in your journey is reliant on someone else but just because there is no tangible level of progress, you can still keep your energy levels and spirits up no matter what.
If you have any other viewpoints on how Teachers can persevere, do let us know in the comments. Also, if you're desired end goal is to secure a new teaching opportunity, get started on a new journey when you upload your CV today.