Avoiding teacher burnout
10 top tips to stay motivated
Teaching can be tough - physically, mentally and often, emotionally!
Sometimes, the unique challenges and pressures of teaching can take their toll, and it’s easy to lose motivation throughout the academic year. After starting the school year in September refreshed, and full of positive energy - by May, you’re feeling burnt out, counting down the days to a well-earned summer.
Avoid burnout and rekindle your passion for teaching, with help from these top 10 tips to stay motivated.
- Make some time for you
Teaching can be all consuming – and it can be difficult to switch off. Taking time to enjoy life outside the classroom is essential. Whether it’s relaxing at home, spending time with friends and family or taking up a hobby outside school, it’s really important to have something in your life that isn’t teaching related.
- Take care of yourself
Eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly are essential. They won’t just make you feel physically better – they can also boost your mood and improve your outlook on life. Practicing meditation or mindfulness can also provide real benefits to your overall mental wellbeing and motivation.
- Set ambitious goals
Feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Set some goals! Whether it’s setting ambitious goals for pupils and classes, or pushing yourself personally – setting, working towards and achieving goals is one of the best ways to stay positive and motivated.
- Think outside the curriculum
You don’t have to stick to the curriculum all the time. Making time and taking the effort to pass on an important life lesson to your classes can help to remind you why you became a teacher in the first place! Choose something meaningful and useful that they can relate to – it’s these lessons they will remember long after they’ve left school!
- Do something different
It’s easy to fall into a routine, and to get bored when things go stale. Switch things up, and do something different. Whether it’s trying a new way of teaching, using technology in the classroom or simply structuring lessons in a way that you enjoy, a change can make a real positive difference.
- Invest in yourself
Attending workshops, undertaking CPD training courses or taking up a new skill outside of the classroom can all help to boost motivation. In addition to improving your outlook, investing in your own personal development can also improve your skills as a teacher and help to drive your career forward.
- Help other teachers
Motivating, supporting and collaborating with other teachers can be a great way of improving your own motivation. Writing articles, doing some peer observations, running development workshops or blogging can all help you to become more enthusiastic about what you’re doing.
- Address your problems
Avoid problems, and they will only get worse! Whether it’s a problem pupil/class, struggles with teaching or problems in your personal life – don’t leave them to fester and get worse. Take action to deal with them to reduce worry, cut stress levels and improve your motivation.
- A new challenge
Sometimes, a change of scenery can do a world of good. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or stagnating as a teacher, then switching teaching jobs or looking for a new challenge can help you to move forward in your career and fall in love with teaching once again.
10. Learn from your students
If you’re not careful, years and classes will all start to blend into one. Take the time to find out about them as people – and encourage them to teach you about their perspectives, world and hobbies. Make connections and you’re much more likely to make a positive difference to their lives and your own.
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