How do you let your personality shine at work?

It’s the weekend! Yay!

This is my last Saturday of summer break. As always, it felt like both not enough time and too much time off. I’m itching to get my hands on my new schedule, my roster, to meet the teachers new to 9GA, and to prepare for student orientation!

So I’ve been thinking…

I think our personalities are the most special thing about each of us, and we feel most at home when we can show them without restriction. When we’re with friends and family, it can be easier to be ourselves than when we’re in a professional setting. Funnily enough though, that’s where and the people with whom we spend most of our time.

As a teacher, advice I often hear being given especially if there are classroom management struggles, is to “just be yourself. Teenagers can see right through anything otherwise.” This is true, and I’d assume the same of any other person you work with. It’s good advice. I even came across an article by Candace Galek, founder and CEO of Bikini Luxe, that explains why you should never hide your personality in the work place. The woman obviously knows what she’s talking about. But to be honest, there are times when this has felt really difficult for me. There have been times in my own classroom and among my colleagues when I wasn’t sure what version of myself to be. It wasn’t even until pretty recently that I broke out my “toe tapper” dance in from of students. Here’s a similar visual:

alfonso ribeiro dancing GIF

It ended up being a bridge to showing my silliness in class more comfortably and I can’t wait to bust out the toe tapper with my new freshies soon. I’m curious–How do you let your personality shine through at work? I’d love to hear!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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