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A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
Step #1) Have Fun Daily with Your Students
Share jokes, brief stories, puzzles, brain teasers, etc. This keeps it interesting for you and for your students. It only takes a minute and they are easy to align to the topic of the day.
Step #2) Take Care of Your Health
The physical status of your body affects your emotional responses, so never feel guilty about taking care of yourself. Skipping lunch or breakfast are bad ideas. Make sure you get enough sleep each day. Take a rejuvenating micro-nap when you get home. Get some better shoes to put a spring in your step.
Step #3) Learn Something New and Share It with Your Students
Read an interesting book — education or non-education related. I have been reading, The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got that Way from Amanda Ripley. It is interesting and education related, so I don’t feel guilty about taking time away from lesson planning and grading.
Step #4) Help Another Teacher
Share your motivating experiences locally or online. If you take the time to respond to a blog, you may be surprised at the response. Be active in your professional organization by volunteering to teach, facilitate, or prepare workshops. Mentor another teacher, either formally or informally. We can all use as much help as we can get.
Step #5) Make Someone’s Day
Call a parent and tell them how good their student is. Find a student that is struggling and sincerely complement him or her on something they are doing well. Show gratitude for an administrator, or fellow teacher by sending them an appreciative note, giving them a hug, or presenting to them a small gift.
Step #6) Lighten Up
Try smiling when you do not feel like smiling. When you greet your students at the door, smile at them and a miracle happens: They will smile back.
Step #7) Be a Scientist
Experiment with new strategies and become an expert in them. Ask your students to help. Do a control group and an experimental group. Document your results and share them at a faculty meeting or a conference. Celebrate success.
Step #8) Look for the Positive
Be a voice for positive thinking, even in the staff lounge. It won’t change the situations, but you will feel better and others might be uplifted too. While teaching is hard, it is not all bad. Half empty glasses are not nearly as exciting as half full ones.
Step #9) Redecorate
Switch out the bulletin boards, move the desks, and adjust the lighting. Add your favorite smells or be adventurous with new ones.
Step #10) Trust Students More
Let the students know that you will be trusting them more and give them opportunities to earn your trust. Try some project-based learning. Develop strong rubrics, share them with students, and then let them learn as you facilitate and coach.