Season 2, EP #9 – A. Grace Martin

Adam DeWittPrincipal Leadership Lab Podcast

Join Adam & Jeff as they chat with Canadian “Wellness Potential” Teacher A. Grace Martin! 
The Journey
It all started with a book about how “You can heal your life” her Aunt gave her.
90+ hours per week spurred her and husband onward to find balance.
“Soul-Based Purpose” – called to help
TIP for Ed Leaders – self-care is becoming negative, people are feeling gaslit. Work with people on setting BOUNDARIES.
Reassign Priorities to increase student engagement. 
“The intention is coming from a really great place”
When you take care of yourself, you will be better
SYSTEM of time management – BELIEVE it is possible – Start here.
Everyone’s emotional skill level is different
What do you best need to change in order to serve?
Progress, NOT perfection – “people pleasing is a form of perfectionism”
Comes back to individual self-worth… this is where standing up for the boundaries you’ve set comes into play.
How can leaders take this pressure off of classroom teachers?
  • Is it in the communication between teacher and admin?
  • So that, if communication is clear, a teacher wouldn’t necessarily feel this way?
ASK: When was the last time you validated a certain staff member?
VALIDATE, RECOGNIZE
WHERE DO YOU START:
Time block your schedule
Practice what you preach in your schedule
Go into DEEP WORK… don’t get pulled in different directions
“You care more by doing less.”
“Clear is Kind”
“Over-Communicating is Overwhelming”
Our flaws are important
Be proud of “good is good enough”
HOPEFUL Spiritual Fire – To help the most students, I help teachers.
Reconnect that fire inside
 
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