Second semester always involves more work and even more interruptions with standardized state testing, faculty meetings to train for those tests, AP preparations and AP exams. It is the longer semester with more content to cover and the pressure that a teacher feels to make sure each student is prepared for the year to come.
About this time each school year so many things add to a teacher's burden when we aren't much past the middle and no where near coasting to the end. What should a teacher do when she finds herself running on empty? What should a teacher do when he finds his own battery is low? I don't know about you, but I am feeling it heavily right now. I can always tell when I have reached my limit when I get hit with a series of headaches. My body has this remarkable way to shut itself down even when I think I need to keep going. When I have a migraine, I can't even think about work, but more importantly when I get to this point it has never been a blind journey. I always feel pressure building and my mood changes. I know that at that point I am not taking care of Amy. So, knowing that most other teachers share these experiences in one way or another, today's post is my way to encourage you to take inventory of the things that fill your tank and recharge your batteries and include them in your week as often as possible.
Here are some of my sources of fuel:
- Unplugging from social media occasionally
- Reading a good book
- Shopping with my daughter
- Coffee table picnics or movie nights with my hubby
- Bunco night (even if we don't play) with the babes
- Pride & Prejudice in any form I can get it
- Sunday morning cups of coffee
- Saturday afternoon naps
- Hot baths
- A clean house (especially when I don't have to clean it)
- Brainless TV with my family (or not)
- Walking around a book store (even if I buy nothing)
- Coloring books and crayons
- A day in my pajamas
- Occasional inappropriate humor followed by sickening laughter
- My "Beautiful Music" film score playlist - highly recommend!
- My "Jukebox Memories" playlist - highly recommend!
- Relishing great sunsets
These are my battery chargers. Now's the time of year to think about your own.
Hang in there and...