It was just before Christmas that I came across #teacher5aday and at first I didn't know how interested I would be in the well being of teachers all over the country. I hardly knew any of them, so why should I care?
But what I have found is a community. People doing the same kind of job, with the same kind of troubles and pressures. All trying to navigate the changes, government missives and day to day demands of teaching. Many have their own families who need them too. It's our commonality that makes #teacher5aday so encouraging. I hope if you are a teacher you gain something positive from it too. There is so much positivity around, thankfully... so much determination to do a good job, teachers wanting to look after themselves so they can do a good job, and to save just a bit of themselves for themselves and their families. That's why when I came across #optimisticEd too, I was pleased to find teachers finding positives in the day to day things and sharing their love of teaching. It's a profession that is under so much attack, many are leaving (and I can't blame them) but a profession where inspiring people are needed. Children need us.