Over the past two years I have been planning a small passion project which has finally launched! Tip the Teacher.

Throughout my career I have met many amazing and inspiring teachers who dedicate their lives to the education of other people’s children. They spend their own money and weekend time ensuring their classrooms are engaging and fun places to be for their students. They spend their lunch breaks nursing injured students and building playground relationships. They spend their holidays resourcing and laminating as well as researching new innovative techniques for the classroom.

 In my role at school it has always been a passion of mine to support teachers in the classroom. Researchers estimate that Australia is fast approaching 50% of teachers leaving within the first five years of their career. In my opinion, this is due to the heavily increasing demands on teacher workloads. 

It is often I hear a teacher sharing with his/her co-workers that his/her daughter aspires to become a teacher, which is often left with the response of, oh no, the poor girl. This is not to say that teachers are not grateful for the rewarding and wonderful experience teaching has to offer them. However, one that has experienced this lifestyle knows that’s exactly what is; a lifestyle not an occupation. It means time away from your own family to ensure the success of someone else’s. It means sometimes sacrificing your own desires to purchase items for the success of your lessons and classroom.

A problem shared is a problem halved. Teachers are unable to do it all. We all need the support of other teachers around us. This is why I have launched Tip the Teacher, a website to support teachers through collaboration. 

A website built by teachers for teachers, a platform for sharing your teaching experiences through images, videos, links and blogs. A website for inspiration and support.

A website where you can follow your favourite teachers and learn from their experiences while also posting some successes of your own.

I look forward to collaborating with you.

Katrina Edser