I’m often asked, “Have you ever been a coach? You always stay so positive and have upbeat suggestions.” No, I’ve never been a coach, and I’m not immune to negative thoughts. I understood the discouragement that many media specialists shared in a late December 2009 discussion on LM_NET. One media specialist was dismayed about being left out of a reading initiative. Another shared the familiar story about not being perceived as a “real teacher.” Yet overall, I’m positive.
Notwithstanding the challenges of change, unallottments, and more than enough to do, media specialists have pretty darn good jobs. We can have exciting and fulfilling careers with a lot of variety and flexibility. The consistency of change provides countless opportunities for learning something new and doing something different. Every day and each hour of every day can be unique. There are very few occasions for boredom and routine. That’s a positive.
In no particular order of importance, here are a few ideas to encourage positive thinking. This is by no means a “fit all situations” list—just some practical tips.
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