before you help students you must

You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself

Angela Maiers #choose2matter

Stress caused me to lose half my hair and gain weight. Stress put Angela in the hospital three times in a year. As much as we love caring for children, we've learned very hard lessons that mattering starts with loving yourself enough to take care of yourself. From going offline to exercise to just taking a deep breath, it is time to get real about how you're treating yourself. Listen Now.

If you aren't alive, you can't take care of kids. If you aren't healthy, you can't be in the classroom teach and in your best frame of mind. So many of us struggle with this, but it is time to get our lives back. Angela Maiers makes the crucial point that we cannot only live healthy lives in the summertime or during break. We have to live healthy on a daily basis.

Mattering starts with a decision to treat your own body like you matter. Precious teacher, you are important. Start treating yourself like it. Aptly, I listened to this episode as I pounded the elliptical tonight for 20 minutes. It felt great. I have a million things to do, but none is more important than my own physical body. For without a body, I cannot do everything else. If you're struggling or know someone who is, listen and share this show and ask yourself the hard questions that will help you change.

Aptly, I listened to this episode as I pounded the elliptical tonight for 20 minutes. It felt great. I have a million things to do, but none is more important than my own physical body.  If you're struggling or know someone who is, listen and share this show and ask yourself the hard questions that will help you change.

Essential Questions: You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself

  • How do you step back when you're overworked and exhausted?
  • How does mattering in your classroom start with how you treat yourself?
  • How can you commit to self-care and why it is so important?
  • What was the hard question Angela asked Vicki over lunch that changed the direction of Vicki's life?

[callout]Listen to all the episodes in this series: Mattering Mondays with Angela Maiers. [/callout]

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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4 comments

Nora Gallo February 7, 2016 - 11:11 pm

Thank you for sharing the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to take care of our students. I appreciate your transparency and willingness to share your own personal challenges. I’m a very busy mom, wife, teacher, coach and student in an amazing Masters Program and truly needed to hear your words of encouragement. I can totally relate when you said how you sometimes just leave the grading for another day. I do love my students and realize I need to get better at getting enough sleep in order for my brain to truly function at its best. Thank you for sharing. I needed to hear that:)

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Vicki Davis February 10, 2016 - 11:44 pm

I am glad Nora! This is a struggle for us all!

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Grace February 14, 2016 - 11:37 am

I really enjoyed reading this blog! It is so true and we must take care of ourselves before we can take care of children!

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Angelique February 14, 2016 - 10:30 pm

Great blog! It is so true that we must take care of our self before we can take care of others. For myself, I think stepping back is hard to do especially when you know you have so much to do, but I feel when you are taking care of yourself and feeling refreshed and energized you can do so much more and that reminder makes it that much easier to step back

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