Teacher stress is at an all-time high. Teacher morale is at an all-time low. This is the moment when we need support. There are many types of support – instructional support, administrative support, community support etc. Teachers need all these supports to be effective and successful. But there is another kind of support that is desperately needed – emotional support. How do you build an emotional support system for yourself as a teacher? Who should be in your support community? Here’s how to build your support network so you can cope with high stress and low-morale for this school year and beyond.[Read more…]
As a teacher, you are probably no stranger to exhaustion. There is a saying that goes, “there’s no tired like teacher tired.” Not only do teachers experience physical exhaustion, but mental and emotional exhaustion too. The demands of teaching and the emotional load of the current societal moment are leading to record teacher burnout. Much like the gasoline in your car, it’s important to be intentional as teachers about refueling your energy gas tank.[Read more…]
Back to School Burnout is real. This time of the school year can be difficult, stressful, and out of balance…
- Events in the evenings like meet the teacher night, curriculum night, back to school night, etc.
- Lots of emails to parents about your expectations, supplies, new procedures etc.
- Extra prep and planning
- New colleagues or administration to get used to
- LOTS of meetings
- A room to clean/organize/decorate etc.
It’s all a lot to manage!
You may have had all kinds of hopes, dreams and expectations for the school year. But here you are…already exhausted and on the edge of burnout.
Sound familiar?[Read more…]
Do you ever feel like you put yourself last? That you get the “leftover” energy and time? You are last on your to-do list and forget that you are first a person, then a teacher?
Being a teacher can often feel all-consuming. It can take all the time and energy (emotional, mental and physical) that you have. In fact, there is always more that can be done, improved, reworked etc. And when teaching takes up all the oxygen in our life, teaching becomes more than a job. It becomes an identity.[Read more…]
Most people define resilience as “the ability to bounce back after set backs”. Popular wisdom on the subject may even define resilience as the ability to pull an all-nighter for work and still show up to teach with a smile on your face the next morning. In our cultural cult of overwork and productivity, resilience has been twisted and confused. In building teacher resilience, we have to unlearn some of these messages and redefine the term.
So I define resilience differently…
Resilience is knowing how and choosing to cultivate the personal resources needed to meet the demands of your life.
Let’s break it down…[Read more…]
Unglued. Snapped. Exploded.
Not the most flattering adjectives – but ones I’ve used to describe my reaction to the 1 millionth annoyance of a stressful day. We’ve all been there. It’s not our prettiest, scrapbook-worthy, teacher-of-the-year moment.
What do you do when a moment like this hits? Do you react or respond? How can you make a wise choice amidst the stress? [Read more…]
It’s been a rough day. The lesson didn’t go well. The students didn’t respond how you wanted them to. They didn’t learn. They misbehaved. They were disengaged.
What’s the next thought that runs through your mind?
> I failed
> I’m a failure
It’s a subtle difference. But it’s important. Read more for tips for teachers on how to stop taking things personally and create emotional space between you and the work.[Read more…]
“I’m so exhausted,” she said through tears, “I just don’t know if I can do it another year.” This came from one of the teachers I coach this week in our session. She is fried crispy, overwhelmed, and just ‘done’. And she is also trying to decide whether or not to sign her teaching contract for next year. So – want to know what I asked her? I’m going to share with you 10 questions that you can consider if you find yourself in this predicament.[Read more…]
Happy teachers take time to rejuvenate. It’s that simple. When we burn our candle at both ends, we cannot keep our flame going forever. We need time to refuel, rest, and rejuvenate our bodies, minds, and spirits. [Read more…]