5 Realistic Goals for Teachers
1. Adopt A Daily SelfCare Ritual
We need to make sure that we take care of ourselves as well as the students. Whether you take time in the morning before leaving for work, or 5 minutes at lunch, or a short walk after work in a park near where your school or home – this is a must. Nurturing ourselves really goes a long way towards creating much needed inner space to reflect, heal, and be ready to take on the next challenge with a peaceful mind.
2. Compartmentalize Work from Home
It’s easy to get into the habit of letting the drama of work run through your mind like sugar-filled kids on the playground but it jeopardizes the mental wellness you need to take a break from work to recharge. Make a decision to not log in to online school sites on the weekend or over holidays, and turn off notifications for work emails after leaving work.
If you’re want to get a headstart on the next week, allot one hour on Sunday on your smartphone alarm or calendar to dedicate to catching up on emails, but make sure to log out of that email when your hour is up! (Maybe set a timer on your phone to remind you when the hour is up)
3. Start A Twitter Page for Your Class
Social media is a great place to brag about your students’ successes and share photos, thoughts & new classroom ideas you come up with that other teachers may benefit form learning.
4. Make A New Best Friend
Instead of staring at paperwork by yourself, make a new teacher best friend to share your wins with, have lunch together and be mutually supportive. Building a network of support makes it a lot easier to get through the school year. You can share Netflix shows together, provide each other with donuts and chocolate, and brighten each other’s day
5. Create A Success Chart
Keeping a chart, like a big calendar, or another artsy construction you can put post it notes on, or fun little writings about your successes throughout the year is a great way to stay motivated. You can get specific on a type of skill like math, reading, or writing you want to track student’s progress on. It builds their confidence when they can see they’ve made progress!