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ByBeth Lewis   posted on01 Feb, 12 4794 Views 0 Comments Regular Feature Add to favorite

7. Working Too Hard and Burning Out

It is understandable why teaching has the highest turnover rate of any profession. Most people cannot hack it for long.

And if you keep burning the candles at both ends, the next teacher to quit might be you! Work smart, be effective, take care of your responsibilities, but go home at a decent hour. Enjoy time with your family and set aside time to relax and rejuvenate. And heres the most difficult advice to follow: donot let classroom problems affect your emotional wellbeing and your ability to enjoy life away from school.

Make a real effort to be happy. Your students need a joyful teacher each day!

8. Not Asking for Help

Teachers can be a proud bunch. Our job requires superhuman skills, so we often strive to appear as superheroes who can handle any problem that comes our way.

But that simply cant be the case. Dont be afraid to appear vulnerable, admit mistakes, and ask your colleagues or administrators for assistance.

Look around your school and you will see centuries of teaching experience represented by your fellow teachers. More often than not, these professionals are generous with their time and advice.

Ask for help and you just might discover that youre not as alone as you thought you were.

9. Being Overly Optimistic and Too Easily Crushed

This pitfall is one that new teachers should be especially careful to avoid. New teachers often join the profession because they are idealistic, optimistic, and ready to change the world! This is great because your students (and veteran teachers) need your fresh energy and innovative ideas.

But donot venture into Pollyanna land. Youll only end up frustrated and disappointed. Recognize that there will be tough days where you want to throw in the towel. There will be times when your best efforts arent enough.

Know that the tough times will pass, and they are a small price to pay for teachings joys.

10. Being Too Hard On Yourself

Teaching is hard enough without the additional challenge of mental anguish over slip-ups, mistakes, and imperfections. Nobodys perfect. Even the most decorated and experience teachers make poor decisions every so often.

Forgive yourself for the days blemishes, erase the slate, and gather your mental strength for the next time it is needed.

Donot be your own worst enemy. Practice the same compassion that you show your students by turning that understanding on yourself.

- Beth Lewis (Courtesy: About.com Guide)

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