When I sat down for this weeks topic, I sat down and made a list of things that I have been doing that makes going to work more fun. But isn't being a teacher so much fun already? I have to say yes...but there are some days when it takes a lot for me to roll out of bed and step into my classroom. So, here are five things that I've been doing to make my teacher life better!!
1. Use Stickers in Your Lesson Planner
Sounds kind of silly, right? Using stickers in your planner will make your teacher life better? Actually...yes!! I started using a Happy Planner this year for my lesson plans and I have totally gone down the rabbit hole of planning. If you haven't binge watched YouTube videos on people making their planner...where have you been? Trust me, look it up and go out and buy you some stickers!! Click on the picture to order your stickers today!!
2. Eat Lunch in the Teacher's Lounge
Wait...are you telling me I should go and eat lunch with other teachers? I know you've read somewhere on some other blog that only the troll teachers eat in the lounge...but that's not true!! Some of my favorite friendships have come with eating in the lounge and talking to other teachers about just life in general. I have never been one to sit at my desk and eat because it makes me feel lonely and I don't want to work while I eat. Also, I just can't stand being in the same room all day!
So, I want to challenge you to eat at least two days this week in the teacher's lounge if you don't already. You never know...you may meet your next best friend in there!!
3. Plan Your Outfits Ahead of Time
I know I'm not the only one who has never planned their outfits in advanced, but it is always a struggle in the morning because I'm running around the room trying to put something together that looks like I didn't just roll out of bed. Some days I nail it, but the majority of the time, I look a hot mess walking into my classroom. So...lately I've been planning my outfits ahead of time for the whole week and putting them in a different spot in my closet so I don't have to look through everything. It has made such a huge difference in my mood!!
4. Say Hello in the Hallway
Just the other day, I was having a horrible morning. My kids were awful to get up, get dressed, and get out the door. I WAS LATE to work, and I hate being LATE. Do you know what turned my awful morning into a good one? My Assistant Principal told me hello in the hallway and asked how my school year was going. Yep! That's all it took to make me smile for the rest of the day. I normally tell all of my colleagues hello in the hallway even if I don't know them that well. Just a simple smile and good morning makes a HUGE difference. So...start saying hello!!
5. Leave Work on Time
I know how hard this one can be. I mean, you've got papers to grade, copies to make, and phone calls home. However...your sanity is more important and that phone call to Johnny's mom can wait. I remember when I first started teaching and I brought home stacks and stacks of papers to grade. My husband HATED it. So I started to stay late and my husband HATED that! It was really hurting my marriage to being my school work home and then it hurt when I wasn't going home to spend time with him. I finally decided that I just needed to manage my time better during the day and schedule time in for grading papers and calling home. Staying on that schedule and using my time more wisely (not spending my whole planning period talking to friends), that I was able to leave work on time and leave everything there. Maybe that even means getting to school 30 minutes earlier to be first in line at the copy machine!
Which thing do you think you could start doing right now?
Laura Gokey is the owner of The Learning Tree and is working towards her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Regent University. She currently lives in Livingston, TX with her husband of fourteen years and her two children.