Teacher Self-Care 101
Often times the most enthralling professions can also leave the professionals feeling absorbed. Meaning, despite experiencing what they’re experiencing, it’s challenging to process the feelings and stress they’re met with on a daily basis. One profession in particular that this is true of is teaching. Teachers around the world understand the taxing nature of a school day, but compound that to an entire school year and it’s not hard to see why the nation is struggling from a teacher shortage. What’s worse is that these teachers feel as though their days never end. A lesson plan must be thought out, exercises must be developed before arriving to class the following day and some students might require more personalized care that must be considered as well. While it’s true that these teachers do enjoy a good deal of time off to handle some of these feelings or other responsibilities through weekends, additional days for holidays and an entire summer break, the school year is grueling enough that physical, emotional and even spiritual fatigue will set in on any teacher. For these reasons, it’s important for every teacher to practice self-care. Through establishing routines and habits that are meant to process these feelings and dispel them, teachers can grasp at a sense of peace throughout their toughest times of the school year. To learn more about these routines and habits, continue reading on to the resource accompanying this post.
Check out Teacher Self-Care 101, provided by Curriculum Associates; an organization offering lessons in k-5 reading.