During summer days, if you're a top teacher, you'll take time to improve your best asset — you. If somehow it's not clear why that's so important, look at it this way: when financial times are tight, our schools can improve the bottom line in four ways, three which aren’t beneficial for us as teachers.
- They can cut teachers and staff.
- They can cut benefits.
- They can lower quality.
- We teachers can become more productive and better at our jobs.
The best choice for our students, schools, and us is #4 — becoming better teachers. But how? We're so tired!
Here are 12 tips that I use to level up every summer.
1. Rework the Worst to Be the Best
Based on student feedback, rework your least engaging lessons to make them the most exciting lessons the next year. Create costumes or comb thrift shops, make room decorations, and spend time inventing powerful learning experiences. Top teachers never settle.
Tips for minimizing teacher stress
- Discover 10 stress-busting secrets for healthy teachers. What simple routines will help you handle the stress?
- Simple advice for coping with stress at work.
- Learn tips to help you deal with difficult colleagues and students (even those who "hate" you -- yes it is possible!)