Teachers are currently in a marathon and so I am sending some practical strategies teachers can apply to take care of themselves:
Try to keep the conversation in the staffroom positive, so that staff does not become even more stressed and negative. Focus on what is good and uplifting. Philippians 4:4-8 is crucial now.
Share jokes and comical incidents with colleagues and learners. If you are not a natural comedian, read the learners a good joke every day.
Deliberately focus on the things that you, the staff and your class can be grateful for. Ask learners to share or write down one thing they are grateful for each day. It is the best medicine for feeling happier.
To keep yourself energised do something you enjoy every day.
Find a mentor or wise friend whom you trust, to talk openly with about everything.
Ensure that you sleep enough and eat healthily. You cannot be resilient, creative, self-disciplined, and keep your sense of humour, if you are tired or hungry.
Take one day a week to switch off and forget about school.
Stay close to your Creator and make time to talk to Him.
The value of teachers:
“Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is” – William Glasser
“There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that’s what is unique about them” – Robert Sternberg
“In this imperfect world, it is character that enables people to survive, to endure, and to transcend their misfortunes” - Frank Pittman
Goodness and Favour