how do you mend a broken teacher?

How Do You Mend a Broken Teacher?

Broken. It happens. It hurts deeply. I have had days when I didn't know how I would get out of bed and make it to school. Most teachers I respect have had periods of deep brokenness too. So has Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy. Today she tells all.

We need to lift one another up and encourage each other. Sometimes sharing the lessons we've learned on our hard-fought journey of teaching can help other teachers. I know it helps me to know I'm not alone in feeling this way sometimes.

Maybe you have a friend who needs to hear this. Share and help others in the journey. Teaching is hard but teaching is worth it, my friends! Let's do this.

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Show Notes:

  • How do you mend a broken teacher?
  • What should a teacher do when he or she feels powerless?
  • How did Kim handle it when she felt hollow and didn't know how she could make it?
  • How do you reconnect with your significance?
  • How do we need to see students?
  • How can you connect with students in more meaningful ways?
  • What do we do about the fear some teachers (and students) live in every day?
  • How do you help create a culture where students don't just comply but want to do well because it is part of the school culture?
  • How do you help students make a commitment to your organization?

Who is Kim Bearden?

Kim BeardenKim Bearden @kimbearden is the co-founder and executive director of the Ron Clark Academy, an innovative middle school and educator training facility. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Disney Outstanding MS Humanities Teacher, and she is the author of Crash Course: the Life Lessons My Students Taught Me.


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Yanglish October 7, 2016 - 3:06 am

Thoughtful words. You are saying everything my heart feels.
Being a teacher is a tough job. The quantity and the complexity of the decisions and responses we make in the course of a day is daunting.
Most of what we do in the classroom we do because it ‘works’.

Thanks so much!


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