This is the first year I’ll have a student that won’t be promoted to first grade next year. I was devastated that I wasn’t enough for him. If structures in my community had been in place he would have been identified as needing extra help and placed a special needs pre-school class. I was angry at his parents for not doing more, his older brothers are both in special education. I was angry at the school system for fighting me on every step to get him extra help. I was even told he might have to wait until next year to be evaluated. I was mad that our community doesn’t have good parent education and support programs. Most of all I was mad at myself for not being enough for him.
So this is the point in the year when I’ve gotten on a roll (or maybe in a rut). I get caught up in the momentum and start to lose sight of my goals and my long term plan.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the day-to-day activities of my classroom I forget to step back and look at the bigger picture. Other times I get so overwhelmed by everything my students don’t know that I start to lose hope we’ll ever reach our goals.
How do I make sure that I don’t forget where I am going?
Perhaps not as well know as the Freshman 15, the Teaching 15 is a real threat to your health and well-being. Combine 8-10 hours of amazing (but exhausting) work and a super-short lunch (if you’re lucky) with snack time and you’ve got a recipe for unhealthy eating. Add in birthday cupcakes and holiday celebrations and you might as well kiss you skinny jeans good-bye.
Here are my top five tips for making healthy choices to keep your energy up while teaching.