Meaningful Journaling Ideas for Teachers, Principals, and Educators to Help Stay Inspired
Journaling is an amazing way to combat the daily stresses inherent in our career. Even one journal entry per day can turn our attitudes and perspectives toward the positive. Because let’s be honest – working in a helping field is one tough job! If the job was as simple as those stock photos make it out to be, employee morale would be high, graduation rates and test scores would sore, and employee retention rates would be through the roof!
The reality of the job is this: helping people is very complex. Helpers, care providers, teachers and educators are forced to juggle hundreds of tasks (many of them essential) – Every. Single. Day. Curriculum, instructional strategies, formative and summative assessments, whole-child wellness, mental health, physical health, team dynamics, departments, PLCs, professional development, evaluation, grading, planning, making copies, parent phone calls, classroom management…the list is endless and often overwhelming!
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Journaling Definitely Helps
Over the years I’ve coped with the stresses of the career in various ways. On my own, confiding in my partner, talking with fellow colleagues, talking to non-colleagues, exercise, prayer and meditation – all of these strategies have their benefits and their challenges.
I love creating a journal entry about work because it’s a safe space for me to put down all those thoughts that are in my mind but may have consequences if I say them out loud. For example, we all know people who may misunderstand what we’re saying. (ex. Do you have a “fixer” in your life? Or someone who will take you literally when you say, “I can’t do this another day!”) Perhaps you’re what I like to call “a verbal processor”, where you sometimes talk your way into understanding, but the road to get there is a little rocky.
By having a safe, sacred place to write down my thoughts – even the politically incorrect, dissenting opinion, not-so-shiny, honest reflections about my career or a colleague or issue, I have unraveled several tough situations and found great solutions on the other side. Each journal entry is raw, real and healing. If you’ve never tried it, now is a great time to start!
What You’ll Need
First things first when it comes to journaling – you need to assemble your favorite supplies!
Super Cute Journal
Pens you LOVE
Colorful markers (don’t limit yourself to text only ~ illustrations and doodles are fun
Ruler, stickers or other fun equipment
A journal entry prompt (what you have here!)
I suggest getting your hands on a super cute, dedicated journal that inspires you and that you’re motivated to use. Dedicate special pens or markers to your writing (that means DON’T take them to school and use them for grading!). Have fun and get creative with colors while journaling.
Check out some of the great ideas about bullet journals that are available. These always inspire me! Don’t limit yourself to words; add doodles, illustrations, bullets and dividers. So much of education is scripted and sequential; enjoy this opportunity to be reflective and creative at the same time.
Cute Journal Inspiration