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Thank you for your kind words, Alexandra! I'm glad the article has helped you out. Between student teaching and your own school work, I'm sure you're spread pretty thin. Be kind to yourself!

Biology Teacher in the Making!!

Erin, This Blog was so

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Erin,

This Blog was so helpful! I am a student teaching working towards my Master's. The workload has been very overwhelming; it is hard to find time for myself. I have found that I am tired and sometimes irritable. Recently, I have started painting wine glasses and running. Running and painting give me the piece of mine that I need. I am such a more enthusiastic teacher; I can really tell the difference. Thank you for your help!

Business Teacher from Virginia

I’m a pre-service teacher and

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I’m a pre-service teacher and will soon be graduating with the hope of starting my teaching career very soon. I’ve connected with many teachers during the last two years of working towards a Master’s in Education and majority of them complain about the demands of teaching not giving them much of a personal life at all. I believe this profession is only for those who are truly passionate about children and learning and have exceptional skills in organizing and prioritizing. Your post was very helpful by providing tips in balancing work and life as I begin to push forward in my teaching career, I will definitely utilize some the tips you have provided to ease the demands of becoming a new teacher.
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Thank you for this article

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Thank you for this article Erin. As I pursue a teaching profession I have been finding for myself that some days I just need a break from thinking about school and work. I arranged my Saturday so that I would have nothing urgent to work on and had to remind myself to keep my mind off what I had to do for the next week. We need to learn how to take care of our physical/emotional needs to be able to function our best in our work life. Thank you for the reminder!

Education writer

Thank you, Lyla! Getting a

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Thank you, Lyla! Getting a support network with other teachers and supportive people is a huge help.

Education writer

Glad it could help! Teaching

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Glad it could help! Teaching is such a selfless profession most people put the needs of others before themselves. I'm sure you'll be set if you make a concerted effort to avoid burn out!

High school French Teacher

I was reading a response to

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I was reading a response to an article entitled ‘The Myth of the Great Teacher''
Here is a comment made by high school English teacher in suburban Atlanta that I really enjoyed reading.
I am frustrated with the mythology of the “great teacher” who sacrifices his or her entire life for the kids. I tell new teachers all the time: Your job is not your life. Your job is your job. Your life is the God of your understanding, your family, your friends, your pets, your hobbies, your passions. Healthy, well-adjusted teachers fit teaching into their lives, not life into their teaching. How do you think the kids of these “super-teachers” feel when their parent says, “I can’t do something with you because I’m doing something with my students?” I can’t respect that.

Great teachers are teachers who show up every day when they are well. And stay home and nurture themselves when they’re not well. Great teachers are those who do their best for their students every day by trying new things, keeping up with trends, teaching old materials in new ways, getting and giving feedback, and staying relentlessly positive. Great teachers let their kids be who they are but also push them to be better. Great teachers know their kids’ names and know them well enough to pick up the fact that something might be wrong in a kid’s life. And they act on that.

Great teachers are unbowed in the face of entrenched bureaucracy. Although they become weary, they do not give in to the cynicism that infects the mediocre teachers around them. They see the true sacredness of their job—making a difference in the life of a child. And that difference is different for every kid.

Credential Student

Erin, I found your post to be

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Erin, I found your post to be very helpful! I am a first year credential student and I am working towards becoming my Elementary/Multiple Subjects Credential. Not only did I find these good habits to have for when I become a full-time teacher but, for my current full-time status in graduate school. I have actually used some of the technologies you have listed above, like Evernote, Dropbox and Workflowy to help my productivity in school. The good habits you listed above like, exercising, planning my meals and having a more structured schedule to maintain free time are habits I am trying to incorporate into my daily/monthly routine, in hopes that I can keep up the routine for when I become a full-time teacher! Thank you for sharing your suggestions! I found them very helpful!

I really enjoyed this

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I really enjoyed this article, as student finishing up college I look at my peers and relatives already in the teaching field that stress and work all hours of the night on to make sure everything is ready for the next day. It is helpful to read that there are many little ways that are often overlooked that can be used to conquer the stress. I was also excited to see that I use some of the items you listed such as Dropbox to manage all my files use between my classes.

Youth Motivational Speaker

Setting some personal goals

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Setting some personal goals when it is back to school time helps you remember to make time for the important things to keep YOU going and healthy! So that you then can teach your students at your fullest potential!

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