If you’re a new teacher you’re about to enter a wonderful, but arduous, career. Survival means you’ll need concrete strategies to create time for self care.
Read this guest post that I recently authored for TeacherPop, the Teach for America blog.
It lists 9 concrete, easy-to-implement strategies to help you survive the school year.
When you’re on TeacherPop, make sure to check out their other resources like Teacher Tips, Your Stories and more.
This post was also re-posted with my permission on Beyond, the blog for Rocketship Education.
I know you’re passionate about what you do. And I’m going to bet that sometimes you overdo it. If so, you’re in good company here!
Be Cognizant of the Propensity to Overdo It
When I’ve overdone it, my body tells me. I physically hit a wall, and I have to stop (You know the migraines I’m talking about, right?)
Because it’s July, I’m already thinking about the school year ahead. I bet you have those whispers too. Wondering what day you’ll start getting your room ready. Who will your kids be? How will you hook them on day one? But it’s also important to be thinking about yourself. What will you do to avoid hitting the wall, even in the busiest times, this year? If you don’t, you’ll be no good to anyone.
Give Yourself Permission
This topic has been on my mind a lot this summer. As I stretch myself to do new things, I’m cognizant of the propensity to overdo it. So I tried to think of advice I’d give to new teachers. Those who have yet to go through the full cycle of the year. The most important step I realized, is to give yourself permission. Permission to step away, re-group, and rejuvenate so you can come back fresh and full of joy for those you serve.
I hope you’ll take a moment to ponder this. To listen deeply to what it is you’d like to give yourself permission for. What will be your buoy in the coming year? Please share it in the comments. Who knows how many people you’ll touch by sharing your wisdom!
For concrete tips on how to create time for yourself see my guest post on TeacherPop, Teach for America’s blog, “9 Ways Over 9 Months to Create Time for Yourself as a New Teacher“.