“Every year, U.S. schools hire more than 200,000 new teachers for that first day of class. By the time summer rolls around, at least 22,000 have quit” (Teacher Retention Crisis). Unfortunately, the malady infects the seasoned as well. “What’s more, 37 percent of the education workforce is over fifty and considering retirement, according to the National Education Association.”
The master teacher emotionally, mentally, and physically prepares. Unhealthy teachers debilitate the system. The institution is an extension of the teacher. Self-sacrifice does not improve the system. Recognizing the importance of one’s self, external to the organization cultivates clarity.
Maintain a healthy regimen. Energy and mental clarity is needed to effectively deal with stress. A well primed machine operates more effectively and efficiently. A master teacher eats healthy, exercises, and has good sleep habits.
Engage in extracurricular activities. Immersing in such activities provides a reprieve. Stepping away from a situation permits one to re-approach the situation with a vim and vigor.
Maintain real expectations. Expect that work will be laborious, students will try one’s patience, and comrades are few. Setting real expectations cultivates mental acuity permitting the development of real solutions.
Never enter the classroom without an external and internal support network. A collaboration partner on the inside helps to relieve immediate pressures. A non-judgmental party on the outside can serve as a sounding board.
Work tirelessly to develop an effective time management system
” A common cause of teacher burnout is being crunched for time—time to prepare, time to organize, time to sit and gather your thoughts. The solution is simple but remarkably effective: arrive to school early and get down to business.” Putting in extra effort in the early days prevents teacher burnout in the proceeding. The teacher should refine it as necessary.
Systemize rote and tedious processes. A fine-tuned system keeps things efficient and leaves the teacher time to worry about important things. Being organized is the ultimate de-stressor. Just knowing where every file, set of data, and lesson idea is and how to reach them quickly will give you peace of mind and one less thing to concern yourself with.
Keep a journal; journaling is therapeutic and doubles as a log.
Finally, the stress free teacher delegates. Delegate rote tasks and work details such as the grading. Sharing the workload focuses one and improves concentration thereby, diminishing stress.