Teaching behavior management for your classroom requires practice. Teaching yourself how to manage YOUR behavior also requires practice. As a teacher, we have many things to do, attend to students (which should be number one), teach the concept in an engaging way, work with parents and community members and work with our colleagues.
Teaching can be one of the most stressful careers. In many situations, the stress of teachers rank just as high as law enforcement.
Teaching is the only career that creates other careers. Teachers teach students to calculate, read, write, be creative and form opinions. This is a huge job for the future.
As a teacher, you must take care yourself. You are the foundation to our future. Looking after yourself in managing your stress is important to your performance in the classroom.
First, identify your stress. The blog “Have Fun Teaching” lists feelings associated with stress:
These may be your thoughts if you are stressed:
-Can not Concentrate
-Complaining about work
The behaviors you may show if you are stressed:
-Increase of a regular addiction or addiction
-Loosing craving for food or overeating
You can reduce these symptoms by:
1. Have positive thoughts. Think of what makes teaching fun for you and smile.
2. Exercise. Exercise helps your body to release endorphins to help you manage your stress.
3. Eat healthier. Eating foods that provide you with energy for teaching will help you reduce stress symptoms.
4. Be appreciative. Be thankful that you are alive. The situation will only last for a moment. When the year is over, it will realize it is exceedingly small.
5. Do not offer to be a part of everything. Your main job is to teach. You cannot be in each organization and effectively plan for your class.
6. Take care of your self. Teaching is spiritual. You give of yourself spiritually every day. You have to replenish to be able to provide your students the attention they need.
7. Meditate daily. Be pleased that you are in a profession that allows you to touch the world. Being grateful allows you divert your energy to attract positive energy. Meditation allows you have a strong mental state which will help keep you relaxed when traumatic events happen.
8. Do not complain. The etymology of complaining means to beating your chest; grief. Is that something you want every day you teach? To be in grief? To beat your chest? Do not complain. You will be depressed. Students do not need a depressed teacher.
9. Continue your favorite hobby. Working with your hobby will allow you to recharge and refocus. Hobbies are fun. Having fun will help reduce stress.