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Combatting Emotional Fatigue: A Teacher’s Occupational Hazard #mondaymotivation

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” Mary Oliver.

Today's guest, Joan Flaherty, author of Rest and An Approach to Rejuvenating our Teaching and Ourselves, talks about how we can combat emotional fatigue. Teacher, you have one wild and precious life. Our students do too. We need to use it well.

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In today's show, Joan and I will discuss combatting emotional fatigue and:

  • How we should center ourselves in the classroom
  • Some counterintuitive thoughts on our relationships with students
  • Focusing on learning from everything
  • Advice for teachers who are burning out
  • Encouragement for teachers

I hope you enjoy this episode with Joan!

Want to hear another episode on rejuvenating your teaching? Listen to Angela Maiers talk about Unleashing Genius.

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Joan FlahertyJoan Flaherty

I'm a faculty member in the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph, Canada, where I teach communications. My research is in the area of teaching and learning.

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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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