Here’s the big news you’ve been waiting for — the journals are here!
After spending several months of dreaming and planning, AutismClassroom.com finally released a personal collection of journals designed for the hardworking teachers and educators out there.
All six of them are especially close to my heart, each with their own unique phrases and sayings on the front cover for any special education teacher, clinician, and autism support paraprofessional out there.
Once you get your hands on these high-quality notebooks and journals, you’ll find dozens of ready to use lined pages. Some are large and some are small, you choose what works for you. They’re specially crafted and processed to contain all of your thoughts, ambitions, and whatever your heart desires.
Want to use it as a teacher planner or a tool for the classroom? Thinking about keeping it as a diary to reflect on your personal and professional life? Or, want to keep student messages within the pages to treasure as lifelong memories? There are simply no limits to what you can use the journals for.
Whatever your intended purpose, there are numerous benefits to consistent journaling that can improve who you are as a person and a teacher. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best ones.
Let’s be honest here — we don’t teach because it’s easy. In fact, it’s anything but — especially during the pandemic. Instead, we do it because it’s incredibly rewarding. However, when teaching can get tough, it can be extremely difficult to stay organized. A journal can solve that issue by helping you lay out and debrief your daily events, feelings and plans.
Achieve Your Goals
Because of how fast time moves, you might find it hard to actually sit down and plan out your short-term and long-term goals. Keeping a journal can help you cultivate those goals in bite-sized chunks throughout the way and inspire that ambition in you to develop the steps to achieve them. Then, at your convenience, you can always look back on them and track your growth. And as a teacher, administrator, teacher assistant, service provider or teacherpreneur, the title of the journal says it all - This. Teacher. Means. Business.
If you’re a teacher, you know and feel the term stress far better than others. However, because it’s not always appropriate to unleash that stress upon your students and co-workers, you can fully do so in the pages of your journal. It gives you a safe space to unload all your anxieties, frustrations, and expereinces. As soon as you finish an entry, you’ll feel way better with the tension off your shoulders.
If you get stuck in somewhat of a monotonous routine, journals allow you to engage with your inner creativity and delve into your wildest imagination. A lot of us come up with unique ideas throughout our days, but few of us actually put in the time and effort to remember them. By recording them in your journal, they’ll always be there at a moment’s reach.
As you can see, you can experience all those benefits and far more by journaling consistently. It’s important to find a routine as soon as your beautiful journal arrives. That way, in moments of high uncertainty and stress, you can rely on your journal as a refuge of well-being.
Even if you have several unused journals at home, today, consider purchasing one designed with love and a hardworking teacher (and parent) in mind. For a teacher appreciation gift from principal to VP to paraprofessional to teacher, everyone wins!!! Even if you are making a teacher appreciation gift basket, they can support that. These special education journals reflect our teaching style and values. In other words, start fresh with a blank new page. With a pen in hand, you’ll discover that there’s so much more potential to you than you know.
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