Teacher friend – if you are working 60+ hours a week, I can just about guarantee you aren’t going to be able to sustain this pace forever and last in this career. I can say this with confidence because I have been in your EXACT shoes, and I am here to help! I want to share with you five practical strategies for cutting 10 hours off your teacher work week that were an absolute game changer for me when I committed to reclaiming my life outside of the classroom and actually having work/life balance! Are you ready to simplify your life by changing how you approach your teacher work week? If so, these tips are for you!
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If your undergraduate program or teacher certification program was anything like mine, you only learned a small amount of practical information to take with you into the classroom. And I am NOT blaming it on my professors by any means – there is just only so much you can learn from talking about theories, or even shadowing another teacher. So much of my teacher education has been a “trial by fire”, so to speak, of learning the hard way.
our school year has gone anything like mine usually does, by May I am D.O.N.E. I’ve got countdowns on my white board until AP exams, EOCs, and summer break. I’ve got senioritis about as bad as my seniors do. I want to toss my laptop out my window like the graduating students are about to toss their caps and say GOOD RIDDANCE to another school year.
It’s that time of year when you will most likely be receiving and evaluating your teaching contract for the next academic year. And let’s be honest, this may be the hardest year yet when it comes to evaluating your teaching contract.
Having a substitute is a hard enough process as a teacher, but it is especially hard as a high school science teacher. Why?? Because you KNOW there is a less than 10% chance that your sub will actually have any training in the content you teach – let alone to the LEVEL with which you teach it.
If you are reading this and have 3 or more classes to prep for at the secondary level, you are in the right place, teacher friend. I have been in your shoes balancing multiple preps and I know how absolutely draining and overwhelming it can be.
If you are reading this, I am assuming it is because you need a midyear reset – both for you and your students. Maybe this need to hit the reset button is due to a class that’s become impossible to manage. Or maybe it is because you are running at
Admin support will make our break your job as a high school science teacher. More than any other job in K-12 education, high school teachers have the MOST additional responsibilities on their plate. This is in addition to lesson planning, grading, prepping labs, and actually, you know, teaching. Put the pressure of parents on secondary teachers to prepare their students for college, and the overwhelm can feel insurmountable at times.
It’s been a rough year (or years, let’s be real). You don’t know if you will make it until the end of the year, let alone think you will survive until winter break. I know this feeling well. You are not alone! And all hope is not lost! Here are
I feel like if these last few years with the pandemic have taught us anything, it is that our plates are TOO full and life is TOO short. We should be working to live, not living to work. This is a huge part of why I am so passionate about helping teachers find work/life balance. Want to simplify your teacher life so you can have more time and energy for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE??
I’m not sure how it happened, but somewhere along the way society trained us all to think that to be a great teacher you had to work 60+ hours a week. I’ve been there. I’ve believed that this is what it would take for me to be the great teacher