Ways to prevent First – Year Burnout.

Here are my top ten ways to prevent first year teacher burnout. All of these ways have made my first year a success so far. By no means am I perfect, but I am learning each day and I am loving every minute of it!

  1. Simplify your life! You will need lots of extra time outside of school.
  2. Continue your hobbies or interests outside of school for leisure time.
  3. Stay positive and stay around positive people. Negative feeds negative.
  4. Time management. Always use your time wisely. It is amazing what you can accomplish in a 30 minute break!
  5. Set priorities. Concentrate on what needs to be done for the day. Work on  what comes next later. Don’t try to do everything at once and don’t expect to be perfect just yet.
  6. Self – evaluate! Reflect! Do not be overwhelmed by “bad days.” Reward yourself for the “good” things you did each day and learn the “mistakes”.
  7. Organize! Have a specific place for everything!
  8. Ask lots of questions! You never know until you  ask!
  9. Reach out for support both in and out of school!
  10. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat healthy. Your students need you each and every day!

Teaching has been the most rewarding thing in my life! Knowing that I am impacting someone else’s life makes all of the time and money I spend worth it!.

by Tara Hollomon

Cedar Road Elementary, Chesapeake.

Read more @ http://www.jmu.edu/madison/teacher/advice/TopTen%20Burnout.pdf

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