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Re: How do you keep pushing?
Posted by Days off on 10/10/2017, 4:29 pm, in reply to "How do you keep pushing?"
I struggled with this early in my teaching career. I had several family tragedies my first few years and I was in a volatile relationship. This led me to leave teaching for a desk job for a while. It allowed me to recover and have time during the day to do the thinking I needed to do in order to get through the hard times. Upon returning to teaching, I made a resolution to take the days that I need if/when a personal situation arises. This involves a) saving days off for when it counts and b) having a good plan for a substitute handy at all times. For others, teaching may be a way to cope with hardships, i.e. to be with others and engaged in way to get their mind off of something else. I personally don't relate to that. I need to get away and feel that personal issues are behind me in order to focus on my lessons and students.
When I'm faced with not being able to take days off (i.e. close to contest or concert) I sometimes confess to the students that I'm going through a hard situation, just to make sure they understand why I seem distracted, and to encourage their better behavior and cooperation. This only works well with a relatively mature group though. Sometimes it has helped me to tell a colleague or administrator so that I at least have a person on campus who is aware and sympathetic.
: I know this is a pretty general question that
: has been addressed before, but-
: When personal things happen, like receiving
: terrible news about a loved one, things back
: home, etc...
: How the heck do I teach a class? I know its
: a struggle for all teachers, just wondering
: if anyone has any good tips. And maybe I
: just need to vent a little bit.
: How can I be the teacher I need to be when
: I'm going through this stuff?