Teaching: The First Years

I am now smack dab in the middle of my fourth year of teaching high school. I can confidently say that I love my job; however, it can sometimes be overwhelming and exhausting.

I learned a lesson in college that sounded great at the time, but that I quickly forgot. Now, basically four years in, I have come back to this particular lesson and again and again and have realized just how crucial it is.

Make Time For YOURSELF.

First year (and even fourth year or 20 year) teachers are notorious for giving every waking moment they have to the job. Planning lessons, reading and researching, making their classrooms good and safe places for learning, meeting administrative requirements, etc., all take precedence over everything else. I am not a veteran teacher NOR will I ever pretend to be an expert… I can only tell you that making time for yourself might be one of the best pieces of advice I finally started taking.

We’ve all heard that saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup…” Make sure you fulfill yourself, you do something you enjoy doing (that isn’t school related) every day. If you do that, you’ll be ready to give to those students who need love and learning.

So, dear teachers, make time for YOU.

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