NEA Member Benefits, September 2015
By Amy Paturel
The most successful educators know when—and how—to ask for help. Tips from the experts will help you learn the vital skill of asking.
When you’re stressed, asking for help may seem like a no-brainer, but for many educators, it’s surprisingly difficult. Teachers don’t want to appear weak, vulnerable or overwhelmed. In fact, many educators view help as a four-letter word—the kind you don’t utter, especially in the workplace or around children.
“When you’re in a position of authority, it can feel uncomfortable to request help for yourself,” says Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, professional coach, positive psychology expert and best-selling author of “Creating Your Best Life.” But, asking for help is a vital skill which, when applied constructively, can help put you on the path to success.
Here, seven strategies to raise your hand and ask for help:
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