Have you ever struggled with how to find joy as a first year teacher? You start off the year with your teacher sparkle strong, and each day is a new adventure. Yet slowly, but surely that passion slowly begins to fade.
Each day, little by little, your joy begins to fade. Days turn into weeks, turns into months. You might even ask yourself things like:
- How do I get my teacher sparkle back?
- I’m just not passionate about teaching anymore.
- Why does the teaching profession feel so negative lately?
But what if I told you it didn’t have to be that way? In this week’s podcast episode I interview Emily Person from Teach Your Joy, and we talk about all things Joy!
So if you are a new teacher looking to find joy as a first year teacher, grab that cup of coffee and let’s get started!
Connect with Emily!
- Connect with her on Instagram!
- Check out her TPT Store
- Download The Ultimate Adding Joy to Your Day Guide
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Discover What Brings You Joy
In order to figure out how to find joy as a first year teacher, you need to discover what brings you joy. Oftentimes when we get too involved in teaching it can feel like we lose ourselves a bit. We may forget things like our hobbies, likes and even dislikes.
That’s why finding joy is a lot like a journey and not a destination. So start figuring out your likes and dislikes. Make a list of all the things that bring you joy.
Is something not as fun as it used to be? That’s okay! Our interests change with the seasons we experience in life. So pick something new and try that too! Need ideas on things to try? Download this 40 Self-care ideas in 5 minutes or less to get started!
Schedule Joy into Your Day!
After you have figured out what brings you joy, Emily shares that the next step is to schedule something joyful to look forward to throughout your day. This can be something as simple as getting a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop (hello Starbucks!) or reading your favorite book after work.
Either way scheduling something to look forward to can really help you get through some of those harder days in teaching. So in order to find joy as a first year teacher this week, try scheduling something on your next work day that you can look forward to!
Implement Positive Classroom Management Techniques.
Another way to find joy as a first year teacher is to implement positive classroom management techniques. Effective classroom management techniques can help you maintain a positive learning environment for your students, leading to increased engagement, higher learner motivation, and a greater enjoyment of the teaching process.
As Emily says, “when you make teaching joyful for you, you are making it that much more fun for your students!”
This can be something like celebrating each other’s wins or using cheer class calls like the Creator of Teach Your Joy does. Either way, incorporating your day with your authentic personality in a positive way is a great way to find joy as a first year teacher.
Start Your Day With Intentional Joy!
Have you ever had a day where you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed? And then somehow your students use their magic powers to sense your vibe and seem to make it 10 times worse?
The same goes for a positive morning. The next way to find joy as a first year teacher is to start your morning off with some intentional joy. Whether it’s sitting in silence drinking your coffee like Emily does, or going for a walk. Give yourself permission in the morning to take at least 5 minutes for yourself to do something that starts your day off in a positive way!
Don’t Forget to “Human” Too!
The last thing you want to do is to create “Toxic Positivity.” That’s why it’s so important to feel your emotions as they come instead of pretending everything is okay. So make sure when you have a bad day to give yourself permission to feel those emotions. It’s okay to be human and give yourself that permission to be.
Having and feeling your emotions throughout your teaching day doesn’t make you negative. What you decide to do next does. So take some time to feel your emotions and validate them then choose what positive step forward you can take next!
Overall, there are several ways to find joy as a first year teacher. Whether it’s discovering what brings you joy again, scheduling it into your day, incorporating positive classroom management strategies, or starting off your day right, we call all focus on making each day a little brighter. Just don’t forget to take some time to validate your emotions and feelings too!
To end this blog post off I want to leave you with this thought that Emily asked at the end of the podcast:
What are you saying yay to today?
With all the love in the world,