By Teachers, For Teachers
Students aren’t the only ones that are feeling antsy now that it’s springtime. We, too, are just as excited as our students to finish up the school year and get to our summer vacation. We are always searching for teaching strategies to keep students energized and engaged until the end of the school year, but what about us? How do we stay focused and not get teacher burnout? Here are a few teaching strategies to help you do just that.
It’s the end of the school year, and you are not getting paid any more to come in early and to work late. Plus, its springtime and the weather is beautiful outside. If you ease up on your workload and the amount of hours that you work, it will result in an abundance of more energy for you.
You’ve been so busy taking care of your family and your students that you have neglected to take care of yourself, which has resulted in a lack of energy. Get out and take that spin class or yoga class that you have been thinking about. Studies show that exercise increases energy, which will help get you through the rest of the school year.
While you may be in the midst of end-of-year chaos, it’s important to get enough sleep. It’s actually scientifically proven that if you get the recommended hours of sleep (about eight hours per night) that you will wake up feeling refreshed and energized the following day. So why not give it a try?
Technology today makes it very easy to keep track of your health. Oftentimes as the end of the school year approaches, we are so busy tying up loose ends that we forget to take care of ourselves. This can lead to exhaustion, mental stress, and lack of energy. Fitness trackers allow you to track how many steps you take, the food that goes into your body, and your heart rate. You can monitor your health so that you are ready to finish the rest of the school year off strong.
Sometimes all you need to get that little extra boost of energy is to find something that you are passionate about. Try reading a new book that teaches you a new strategy to try in your classroom. Even though it may be the end of the school year, you can still try something new out. Then, you can always see how it works out so you can use it next year.
Instead of taking a working lunch, use this time to connect to your colleagues. Go to the staff lunchroom or see if anyone wants to get outside and take a walk during lunch. Connecting with others is a great way to get energized, and when you put that together with walking, it’s an even bigger energy boost. Another way to get connected is to go online. Social media is a great way to connect with people from around the world. These virtual friendships can be very energizing as well as helpful.
Sometimes, all you need is to sit back and relax and think about all that you have accomplished all year long. It has been a long year, filled with a lot of ups and downs. Take the time to reflect upon the school year, and what you would have changed, and what you wouldn’t have change. Take this opportunity to think about what you want for the upcoming school year. This can be the perfect thing to get your reenergized to finish off the school year strong.
Taking these actions to stay refreshed and energized until the school year is over will not only help you, but your students during the last few weeks. Oftentimes students mirror what they see, especially the younger ones. If they see their teacher slacking off, then they too will do the same. So, use these tips to keep your head up as well as your energy, and you will find it much easier to get by the rest of the school year.
How do you stay energized until the end of the school year? Do you have any tips that you can share? Please feel free comment in the section below, we would love to hear your ideas.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a master's of science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the elementary education expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators, or visit her website at Empoweringk6educators.