One thing that has surprised me about teaching is what an emotional roller coaster it can be. One day I feel like a superhero teacher who rocked every lesson and was on top of her game; the next day I feel as if I have no idea what I’m doing and nothing went right.
The remarkable thing about teachers, though, is their resilience. Even after a horrible day, they come back the next morning ready to try again. It’s no wonder that teaching is a profession that requires utmost passion; some days that is all we are running on in order to come back and fight another day even after we feel we are down for the count.
An unflinching sense of optimism is also a handy tool to have. Tomorrow is thought of as a chance to do better, be better. It is a new opportunity, a blank slate, a great day just waiting to happen.
Here are my personal tips for when you’ve had a bad day:
-leave early to clear your head
-let what happened go, but reflect on what can be improved next time
-take some time for yourself to do something you enjoy; self care!
-read through any little “gems” you have that remind you why you became a teacher or highlight your successes and impact on previous students
-remember that everyone has bad days
-get a good sleep so you can come back the next day refreshed and ready to rock it!
On that note, time for me to go to bed early and be ready to rock it tomorrow!
What are your tips for when you’ve had a bad day? What keeps your passion fueled to continue to do your job, despite its challenges?