It’s Time For A Boost – The School Year’s Cycle Demands It
Although each school year is unique, there are certain patterns that exist within the framework of a traditional school calendar that seem inevitable. The more you teach the more you become aware of the ebbs and flows that you will ride out over and over again.
- Mid-September is going to be a great time to try a new approach with students because expectations are clearly established and everyone is still fresh and optimistic about where the year is going.
- Teaching the day after Halloween, when everyone’s pockets are not-so-secretly filled with candy is going to be challenging, to say the least.
- Parent/teacher conferences is going to add a level of over-worked stress to which your students will not be sympathetic.
- Coming back after winter-break is going to require a review of guidelines and goals, but is a great opportunity for a fresh start.
- February may be the shortest month, but within the world of education it is going to feel like the longest.
- May is going to be the worst time of year if I want accurate data or assessments from students (or teachers) because there is a mass mindset shift toward summer break.
And, this cycle – with many more milestones included, happens every single year, without fail.
For me, identifying that I was living this cycle was a revelation.
Each year I could foresee the highs and lows before I reached them. In a way, I could see into my future and it inspired me to take action. I recognized that I was accepting a great deal of stress and frustration under the cloak of it being a part of my job. I became determined to make a change.
What I have discovered in both my personal and professional lives is that the 5-year process of earning my doctorate in teaching and learning trained me to approach problems with an analytical eye. So, as I developed an approach to altering what seemed to be the inevitable stress in my teaching career, I used my experience as a researcher and academic.
Using the School Cycle to Build Resilience
Especially if you teach the same subject each year, although your lessons and curriculum change in some ways there is a comfort in knowing what’s around the corner that you can leverage to your benefit.
You can use the cycle of the school year, and its repetitive nature, to make your year go better. To ease your stress. And, to help you thrive.
It’s all about listening to yourself. Slowing down and acknowledging your stress. Discovering your own ebb and flow and when you need a boost – getting it. Whether that means a simple activity like a night out or a small treat to shine some positivity into what you know will be a bleak moment, utilizing free resources to build your resilience strategy arsenal, or engaging in more long-term protective strategies to gain control in a times high-stress, knowing what’s coming can be one of the biggest assets in combatting teacher stress.
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