Teaching is a tough job. Anyone who doesn’t think so has probably never done it before. Many people think that teaching is easy because they sat in class as a student and they think this qualifies them to know what teaching is like. They don’t realize the effort and stress that actually go into doing it well.
My first year teaching was so tough that I decided to quit seven times during that school year. I even told the assistant principal that I quit one of those times. Luckily, he told me to go home over the weekend and think it over before making a final decision. I agreed, and I changed my mind. I was that close to leaving the profession before I even got started.
So, new teachers, I feel your pain. Here are a few tips to help you make it through your first year or two:
(1) Be healthy. Watch your eating habits, exercise, sleep, etc. Even walking for ten minutes before school can do wonders for relieving stress. I am not saying that you have to be perfect all the time, just be careful about eating too much comfort food every time you get stressed out. I know you may be young, but neglecting your health can literally make you sick if you aren’t careful.
(2) ALWAYS try to save one day per week to do nothing school related (obviously either Saturday or Sunday). I can’t stress this one enough. I am a big believer in staying mentally fresh and keeping your teaching life separate from your private life. I know that this may not be possible all the time, but trying to get one day per week free can help keep you from burning out.
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