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First Year First Aid for a New Teacher

By Samuel Durr

Teaching is like being attacked by hornets

Teaching is like being attacked by hornets. If you just laughed at that little gem, you’re probably a teacher. You might be nodding your head in acknowledgment or cringing at the memory of a difficult student. If you didn’t laugh or you’re confused, this article is for you. The following are tactics to survive the lions’ nest you could be strolling into. If you’re not an educator, these pearls of wisdom will help you understand the harsh realities of the job.

 1) Don’t fret about those night terrors

They happen to everyone. You will spend your first few months on the job realizing that you’ve made a terrible mistake and experiencing a shock to your serotonin levels. Bad dreams and difficulty sleeping are only some of the symptoms you might feel. I’m no doctor but many teachers, even experienced ones, report what is commonly called ‘teacher dreams.’ I’m still haunted by a nightmare where my whole homeroom of seventh graders mutinied by maniacally laughing. Wait…scratch that, that actually happened. Point is, you’re not losing your mind, it’s normal. Continue reading

Educators! Make This Wellness and Self-Care Workshop Your Priority

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This Workshop is for You!

In our last post, we wrote about teacher wellness and self-care becoming a priority. Educators have more opportunities to attend workshops and conferences. Do you want to learn how to reduce stress and burnout? Teach and Take Time for You has the perfect workshop for you. Mark your calendar! This event, “Strategies and Tips to Reduce Stress and Burnout” is Saturday, October 6, 2018.

First, answer a few questions to see if this is a fit for you. Are you stressed out? Are you ready to quit the profession? Do you drag yourself to work each morning? Are you losing patience with your students, colleagues, and parents? Do you count the days between weekends and holidays? If your answer is Yes to any question, this is the perfect workshop for You! Continue reading

Teacher self-care is a priority

Teacher Wellness and Self-Care are Finally a Priority

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Teacher Wellness & Self-Care

Teacher wellness and self-care are finally becoming a priority.  We know that teacher burnout is real! Many are leaving the profession because of high levels of stress. Fortunately, teachers realize their need for self-care. Articles and professional development opportunities are available about teacher wellness and self-care. One of my goals and priorities is to promote the importance of teacher wellness for educators. Here I will provide a few resources for you to check out. Continue reading