It’s a rare person who hasn’t dreaded walking into their classroom some days, too mentally drained to deal with the routine. It’s normal to admit you have moments of boredom, struggle with disconnected ideas and feel the sting of rejection.
So what lies at the end when this becomes a full-blown case of frustration and burnout? For author, teacher and mother Pernille Ripp, it’s a whole new world that she’s eager to share with her colleagues.
Currently a seventh grade teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin, Ripp was ready to quit the profession five years ago. The traditional approach to education was failing her, and most importantly, it was not inspiring her students.
And when one of those students includes your oldest daughter who has resorted to the old “my tummy hurts” excuse to get out of going to class only eight days into the school year, the stakes are high.