141: Lead Your Own March!

Teaching is overwhelming and teachers often put themselves last in self-care. This leads to burn out and a short career. Advocating for your needs can be hard and well, awkward. But by reflecting on what you need, requesting what you need, and requiring what you need you’ll be able to lead your own march! Tune in to hear 4 actionable steps to ensure you advocate for your needs just as successfully as you do for your students.


  • “Just like you advocate for the needs of your students, advocate for yourself. Reflect what you need. Request what you need. Require what you need.” – Gretchen of Always A Lesson
  • No one gets left behind- not on our watch, not in our classroom
  • If you focus so much on student needs that you neglect what you need as a teacher and as a person, you are going to lose your effect on your students
  • Respect the folks you work with because everyone has something to contribute
  • Once I knew WHAT [I needed], I [had] to figure out WHO could help and HOW they could help
  • Advocating for your needs ensures great teachers stay in the profession

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About the author, Gretchen

I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.