Photo: Rachel Swartz (right) with fellow educator Marita Keane. (Courtesy of Rachel Swartz)
Everyone knows teaching is a social job. You are not only working with children for most of the day, but you are also interacting with so many different adults; it can be exhausting and overwhelming at times. Collaboration becomes essential, and naturally, friendships form.
If you’re a teacher, you know you wouldn’t survive the school year without leaning on some of your most dependable co-workers. Below are the top five reasons to thank your teacher BFFs this coming school year!
1. They teach you something new.
There’s nothing like planning a new lesson or unit with your teacher BFF. Part of the reason you probably became friendly in the first place is because you are good at bouncing ideas off of one another. Working with them can help you to create something you never would have thought of. Last year, some of my co-workers and I adapted my unit about human rights violations in fairytales to become a unit about female disenfranchisement in fairytales. It is something I would not have thought of on my own and has become one of the most rewarding units I’ve ever taught.
2. They inspire you.
I learned everything about classroom management and building relationships with students by observing my co-workers. When I’m at the end of my rope, I always try to take a step back and watch what my co-workers are doing. There have been times that I’ve had difficulty getting a student to follow directions or stay on task. Since my co-workers and I can communicate just through a look (cue The Office GIFs here), I was fortunate to have teacher BFFs swoop in and speak in a different way to which the student responded well. Watching my teacher BFFs build those strong student-teacher relationships was inspiring and reminded me why I became a teacher in the first place.
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