With such a high-stakes job it’s good to keep perspective in mind. Between parents, students, and paperwork (not to mention PD) you are stressed to the brim! How can you justify a little R&R when Mrs. Smith down the hall appears to “have it together?” With feedback from our network of teachers in hand, I can honestly say that no one feels 100% prepared. Experienced teachers say that the key is to stress-management is to be prepared, yet flexible as well as find a good work-life balance that works for you.
Implementing stress-management techniques will not only make you happier and healthier, it will also make you a more effective teacher. Here’s some advice on stress-management from our network of teachers: