It's that time of year again... pencils are being sharpened, copies are being made, and the weather is getting cooler (at least in my classroom) haha... another school year is beginning! A new school year is not just both exciting for the student, but the teachers as well. I have successfully completed my first year of teaching and am now a month into my second year. Let me tell you, I have had my up's and down's and learned a little along the way. I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks to help me be the best teacher and woman possible during the hustle and bustle of the school year.
- Get your work done at school- Last year, I would always take work home and do it at night on my couch or at Starbucks on the weekends. I didn't realize until I stopped doing this how draining it was on my body and mind. I was constantly working and never making any time for myself. Therefore, I was not rejuvenated when Monday rolled around; my body was dragging to get through the day and it showed. This year, I make use of every free minute I have to get work done. Whether it is grade papers, make copies, or call parents, I get it all done at school. When I leave to go home, I don't take anything with me, which forces me to take time for myself. I notice that I am more energized and productive during the school day.
- Get a planner and use it- To be completely honest, I got a planner last year and it sat on my desk collecting dust all year. This year, I have made a conscious effort to use it every day. I lay it open on my desk so I can easily see it and I wrote in all the dates I had in ahead of time so I know what's coming up. I take it to every meeting as well. This has made my life so much more manageable and organized. Who woulda thought?! My favorite is the Erin Condren teacher lesson planner :)
- Set a bed time and stick to it- Now you might not all be like me, but I need a lot of sleep. If I don't get a solid 8 hours, I am not fun to be around. I set a bed time of 8:00 every night and make sure I stick to it. I find it keeps me in a routine and helps me feel my best for my kiddos the next day.
- Do something for yourself every night- Even if it is just 10 minutes. Do it. Trust me, you'll be thankful you did. Taking time for yourself is so important in order to stay balanced and is great for your emotional well being. I like to work on my blog or watch makeup videos on YouTube before I go to bed every night. I also have tea which helps me wind down. Some ideas are going for a walk, draw, cook, go to the gym, go out to dinner with a friend, ect.
- Take back your mornings- This has made such a huge difference in my days. I get everything ready the night before, so I have more time in the morning. I hate feeling rushed, so I will do anything I can to prevent it. The night before, I lay out my clothes I am going to wear, get my coffee maker ready so I just have to turn it on, make my lunch and have it ready, and have my school bag packed.
- Have fun! Being with my kids is the best part of my day. They made me laugh and keep me smiling. Remember that they are the reason you are a teacher and nothing feels better than watching them succeed.