Have you hit the status of “Tired Teacher”? Looking for teacher motivation? Check out these teacher 411 ideas to help get your groove back as well as reduce stress throughout the school year. So, what would make your teacher's life more manageable? What are the actionable steps you could take that would heavily impact your teaching life?
REAL TALK…teacher exhaustion. Yes, its real people! You can’t be a teacher helping students if you are a tired teacher! Educators have to practice teacher self-care. If you do not, start now before you lose your mind or become physically ill. FYI: teacher self-care looks different for everyone. This is something I learned in my fifth year of teaching. I found myself a new teacher and wanted to do what was working for other teachers. However, what and how they were managing their time, classroom management just wasn’t working for me. I was a tired teacher. I took a hard look in the mirror and knew I had to reflect on myself and start developing teacher self-care strategies that worked for me! So, this is what I did...close your eyes for a moment. Think about yesterday and what type of day it was. What happened? Was everything that went wrong something you could control?
Challenge: Sit down and write a list of what you need to improve on! What contributes to you being a teacher tired? Now, what can you control that made your list? There will ALWAYS be a task at hand for teachers. Prioritize each day of the tasks that NEED to be handled. Could you practice better time management for teachers? Look for teacher motivation and teacher humor to help! Find you a teacher tribe that is uplifting and loyal!
Dear tired teacher...First, establish how you want the day to day operations for your classroom. Are you the teacher of all things, an organized person, or are you trying to become one? What’s your system for grading papers? Do you have plan teacher observation? How do you plan your lessons and activities? During summer break is an excellent time to reflect on things that went well and things that may need to be freshened up and learn the teacher 411! Each item listed above requires you to be intentional. Think about tasks and actionable goals you can put in place and be intentional when accomplishing them!
Writing jam up, well-prepared lesson plans will help reduce stress. There are 1000s of lesson plan templates available and lesson plan suggestions right here online. Find the perfect one for you! , The actionable steps I take are planning and creating lesson plans the Wednesday prior to the week I am going to teach the lessons. I also create my lesson plans where I have one day per page. For example, I have all Monday’s information on one page, Tuesday all on one page, and so forth. Another great idea is to color code in different subject areas. When you glance at your lessons for the week and Reading is coded as yellow, you will be able to quickly find your lessons. If learning centers are a part of preparing to go ahead make copies, get manipulatives ready, organize game pieces, and prepare graphic organizers. I use these storage containers when preparing for future lessons, click here. These containers are from Iris and measure 12x12! They are perfect and a personal favorite! Amazon offers these containers as a set of 6!
Keep a digital copy of your lesson plans for you to make quick changed if needed. Confession: Personally, this took me a couple of years of teaching to master. The first year of teaching for me was a whirlwind. The second-year I felt I had a better handle on my teacher life and could really start changing to fit my teaching style. So, find what works for you and go for it! I love these containers! I have each drawer labeled with the days of the week and Sub Information. As I prep for the week and makes copies, I then put the copies in the draw labeled with the day of the week I have planned for. I ordered it from Amazon, click below!