• Posted 16/03/2017 9:21am

Keep Stress out of the classroom

Teaching is a calling and it demands commitment and dedication with powerful rewards.  But unfortunately for many of us, it’s not long before we find ourselves struggling to enjoy our profession.  Feeling sick through the school holidays are almost expected because we have worked ourselves to the ground.  

Stress and anxiety for both the students and teachers are often undetected and not addressed because there is so much to do, so much to get through!

I know what this is like because I have been there.  Our heads are full with making over 2500 decisions a day, it would take me too long to even begin to list the things we do each day, simply put, the only place I could find some reprieve through the day was to lock myself in the toilet to at least get five minutes of peace.  Then there are the evenings and the weekends that no longer really belong to us at all.  This has become our new norm.

Why do we put ourselves through this?  Because we love our work and could not think of a better profession where the work we do has such a powerful impact on our future generations.

BUT!

  • What if there was a way we could reduce the stress and overload?
  • What would you do if you no longer had to spend hours a week planning your next lesson, preparing resources and marking your students’ work?
  • What if creating school reports were created as your students complete their work and by the end of the term you could print off a comprehensive report that informs you, your students and parents of the work completed in relation to the New Zealand curriculum standards?
  • How would you feel if you could spend your weekends free from work?
  • How would you feel if you could choose to read books that had nothing to do with school?
  • What would you be doing with your family if you had more time?
  • What would you do with your free time?

Consider that being a teacher does not mean you have to sacrifice the ‘other’ things you love to do.

The less stress we feel the better we can serve others.

Mark Twain said, “Teaching is like trying to hold 35 corks underwater at once.”  I really like this analogy I can see it happening, it’s incredible what we manage in a day as teachers!

We become experts at handling and juggling enormous amounts of work without realising the toll it has on our lives and ultimately on the lives of those under our care.  We have become so conditioned to believe that this is normal, it’s what you do as a teacher.  We are conditioned to push ourselves beyond what most people would tolerate, mostly because of our passion for the kids and the incredible value we find in helping them to succeed.  

I love teaching and would never discourage anyone from becoming a teacher, I hold each year of teaching dear to my heart.  But, I have also come to realise, that our energies could be put to better use if we could create something that automates the tasks we do over and over and over again such as planning, marking and reporting.  How can we make this side of teaching so easy that we now have the time to do the things that we value above all, spending time with our kids and creating meaningful learning experiences.  Not only that, we are able to mobilise our students to plan their own lessons creating the best possible foundation to learning in a few easy steps!  

Creating life balance as a teacher is almost laughable!  

I’m not about to suggest the magic pill to a better life as a teacher, but I do go so far as to say that I think I am getting closer to finding a solution that will free up your time significantly to spend more time with your students and see them grow in independence and create meaningful context for learning.  We all know this is a key to engaged kids, engaged kids are happy kids.

In this program I have made planning, marking and reporting so easy you will begin to recognise its value to your life and the lives of your students.

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