Building resilience is a key thing to learn as a teacher. Not every day is going to be Instagram perfect contrary to what you see online. We must find ways to build resilience and recover from challenging days.
We all have “those days”. The days where nothing you do is right and it seems like the walls are crashing down around you. Remember that every time you are having a bad day you are NOT alone. Teaching is an exhausting profession. Print out the ideas below and keep the paper in your day book or car to help you on your tough days.
- When I have had a “bad day” – lesson that flopped, an angry parent, a discussion with the principal or students who are not engaged it helps to talk it over with another teacher. I ask confide in a trusted colleague for their opinion on the matter. I also try to go for a walk when I get home to clear my head so I can start a new fresh day tomorrow. Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog
- A walk or a workout often helps me clear my head and enjoy the rest of the night. Meghan Mathis from Fun Fresh Ideas
- I ate Reece’s Cups to recover from those difficult or challenging days! It was a horrible strategy, but it worked for me! Michele Luck from A Lesson Plan for Teachers
- I take a bubble bath, turn on the tv and cuddle with my dog. Laura Zank from Research Based Teaching Tools
- I work out. It makes me feel so much better to take out my frustration by getting to that place where my lungs are burning and my legs are screaming. Melissa from The Reading and Writing Haven
- I read. Angie Sherbondy from Best Power Points for Spanish
- My husband and I car pool so I let it all out with him in the car so that by the time I get home, I can move on and focus on my family. Lisa from Mrs. Spangler in the Middle
- Playtime with my dogs and grandchildren. Jenny from Bulletin Board Bonanza
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