Teaching is a high demand, low appreciation job.
That's harsh but let's face it--teachers are underappreciated. If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, "It must be nice to get every summer off." OR "Wow, I wish my workday ended at 3:20 pm." I would have retired a lot earlier than I did!
👉The average person does not understand the demands put on a teacher.
👉The average person does not understand the constant worries of a teacher.
👉The average person does not understand what a teacher's daily life is all about.
I knew teachers were underappreciated when I started teaching in the early 1990s (yep that was a long time ago).
Over the years, I witnessed the amount of appreciation drop drastically and the workload of a teacher increase dramatically! Teaching can take a toll on any teacher's well-being and mental state.
I wish someone had told me early in my career how important self-care would be. I remember going into work at least an hour before the official reporting time, teaching until the dismissal bell at 3:20 pm and staying until at least 5:30 pm. Then, I would load up my teacher bag with papers to be graded, lessons plans to be prepared and go home to spread out and work until it was time to go to bed. I started my teaching career on a crash course to early teacher burnout!
3 Easy Steps For Teacher Self-Care
You must dispel the myth that self-care is selfish!
It's not true! The average person will never understand the #TeacherLife<