Teachers are some of the most motivational people on the planet. How many times have athletes, award-winning actors, and Pulitzer prizewinners claimed that they are who they are because of a teacher (or many) they had along the way? Teachers inspire, nurture, and know just the right way to give their students the push they need to succeed.
But sometimes you teachers don’t follow your own advice. So in honor of the back-to-school season, we want to give teachers a little of what you give the rest of us—motivation.
We all want to conquer the world, but no one can do it in one day! It’s the start of a new school year and we know that when you’re armed with all those new school supplies, the marker smell can go to your head. Remember, you don’t need to totally revolutionize your class or school. You just need to make a few mini goals that you can work toward over the next few weeks or months.
It helps to see how you’re doing, not only to make sure you aren’t slacking off but also to prevent burnout. Just like those new pencils, if you push too hard you’ll get broken. Pace yourself and be sure to set a reasonable quitting time each day.
Like you tell your students, life is only as good as your mindset. Even when there are setbacks, it helps to focus on how much you have accomplished. Reward yourself along the way, too. A little chocolate or a weekend getaway can go a long way toward reenergizing you. Don’t be afraid to pat yourself on the back—we know you deserve it!
Did you know that some of the most successful people are daily readers? (You probably did because you’re a teacher.) Isn’t that why students have required reading time? Try it yourself. Whether it’s about some new developments in education for professional development or just a book that relaxes you, reading every day can be uplifting and keep you motivated throughout the year.
We all, even teachers, can lose sight of why we do things. This happens especially when things get tough or busy. Take a few minutes and remind yourself why you got into teaching, why you set these goals, and who you’re doing this for. It will help you refocus and overcome some of the small hurdles.