Despite their willingness to go beyond their limits, teachers often forget that those limits still exist. In neglecting the fact that both time and energy are limited resources, teachers often expend all of what they have for their students rather than themselves. This is in part because managing a teacher’s schedule and to-do list can be extremely challenging, especially if it’s everchanging. This inability to carve out a time in the day for themselves can leave them with little time to process their feelings and stress. While it’s admirable that teachers are sacrificing to the degree in which they do, dedicating more time to themselves is imperative to avoid burnout and turnover. Thus, finding the most sustainable and repeatable forms of self-care are important, as a failure to take care of one’s self will eventually lead to these feelings of burnout and potentially turnover. This is typically done through maximizing the limited time that teachers find themselves having. One example to attempt to get back some personal time is to limit the office hours offered to students. Even with just an additional hour in the day, teachers can put themselves in a better place physically, mentally and emotionally. To learn more about these tactics and more that continue to contribute to the self-care of teachers, please see the infographic highlighted alongside this post.
Check out Teacher Self-Care 101, provided by Curriculum Associates; an organization specializing in providing your student a personalized phonics based reading program.