As the Honeymoon Ends…

As I spoke with many of you over the summer, and others as school began, we were all unanimous in our positive attitude toward the dreams and hopes we had for the year.  It is now October, we are 1/10th done the school year and the excitement of a new school year is beginning to wane. This happens every year, we know it is coming.

I came across an interesting article on the EdWeek website that shared a few strategies for “maintaining a positive attitude as the back to school honeymoon fades.” I am not sure if you like these kind of things or hate them… honestly, sometimes I feel both ways!

The main points are summarized below.  Click here to view the entire article on the EdWeek website if you are interested in more details.

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Take time for yourself. Exercise, eat healthfully, and relax. Care for yourself so you that you can care for those who are important to you…

Be proactive about your health. Wash your hands frequently—especially when you know your students are sneezing and coughing, generously sharing their germs…

Keep family time sacred. Teaching can be an all-consuming career choice, with hours spent planning, grading, and worrying about students. While these tasks are important, your own relationships must come first…

Exalt the positive. Find the good in every student who walks in your door—and share your observations with the student, his peers, and parents…

Build a support network for yourself. Find like-minded colleagues in your building or online, with whom you can share your successes, bounce around ideas, and vent on the tough days…

Take time to laugh. Every day, find a way to laugh with your students. Maybe you share a laugh about a mistake you made, a joke or cartoon you’ve shared, or even something a student has shared…

Choose happiness. We all have good days. We all have bad days. In the end, it is our personal reaction to what is thrown at us that sets a happy teacher apart from a grumpy one…

This content was excerpted by an article by Cossondra George a veteran mathematics and special education teacher in Newberry, Michigan.

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