Remember the excitement when you first stepped into the world of teaching? Fast forward, and the reality of the profession hit hard—overwhelmed, falling behind, and a desperate desire to find ease in teaching. Imagine waking up eager to start the day, stepping into your classroom with lightness, and sipping coffee as students smoothly follow your expectations. Ready to make teaching easier than you thought? Today, let’s explore how to love teaching again in the new year.
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To figure out how to love teaching again, begin with a reflective moment. What’s going well? Acknowledge the positives—loving your students, building connections with colleagues, and witnessing student growth. Identify the challenges too—overwhelm with lesson planning or the need for better boundaries. Distinguish between aspects you can control and those influenced by the work environment.
Guide yourself through the Ready, Set Prep challenge. Choose a specific area to work on and set SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Time-Sensitive. Opt for one goal more likely to succeed than spreading yourself thin. Draw inspiration from Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever book.
- “By January 31st, 2024, I will have incorporated 3 new classroom management strategies consistently.”
- “By January 31st, 2024, I will have planned out 4 weeks of lessons in advance without working on weekends.”
Teachers often neglect personal joys amid their dedication. Alongside professional goals, set a fun, personal goal. Dedicate a few minutes daily to activities like reading, journaling, meditating, or dancing. Prioritize your well-being amidst your teaching journey.
Shift focus from what’s lacking to abundance. Use a gratitude journal for 30 days, noting three different things you’re grateful for each day. This practice not only reinforces positivity but provides a clearer perspective on the transformation and growth in your classroom.
That concludes our exploration of rediscovering the joy of teaching for the upcoming year. If you’re hungry for more strategies, consider joining us in the Ready, Set Prep challenge. And if you’re eager for an even deeper dive, consider enrolling in our Winter Break Reset Mini-Course. Use the code PRESENTTEACHERPODCAST to enjoy a $10 discount.
Catch you in the next one, teacher bestie—bye!