I’m so excited and proud to share with you the first edition of EdLIFE. (That’s the name you voted for!)
This publication has been brewing in my heart and mind for some time now. As a former teacher who left the profession due to work-life balance challenges, I’ve thought a lot about how we can better support teachers and how we can create a sustainable teaching lifestyle in order to ensure that great teachers continue to teach. EdLIFE is one way to tackle that issue – by creating a community that draws upon the collective wisdom of teachers.
In honor of a sustainable teaching lifestyle, the theme for this first edition is “Let It Be Easy.” It seemed to fit with the beginning of a new year, and it’s a phrase that I think teachers could use more. In a profession that is constantly making demands of our time, body, mind, and energy, teachers need to be able to take a break. Teaching can often feel like pushing a boulder up a hill – but what would happen if instead we tried to work in ways that made teaching seem more like water flowing down a hill?
Not all of the articles align directly to this month’s theme, but we encourage you to use this time at the beginning of the calendar year – a time filled with energy and hope to start things fresh – to think about how you can make your life easier, whether it’s by making the decision not to laminate your station materials or to hire a financial planner. You deserve it, and you’ll likely be a better teacher – and person – for doing it.
Thanks for joining us on the EdLIFE journey. We’re thrilled to have you along for the ride!
Monica Candal Rahim
PS – We are always looking for contributors. If you would like to contribute, submit your idea here.
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