One of the biggest challenges for teachers is learning how to deal with stress. No matter how great you make your discipline plan, there will still be a large element of stress connected with the job. This fact is true whether you are a first year teacher or thirty year veteran.
One of the most stressful things that many teachers do is to fear all of the bad behavior that may potentially take place during a given day. They walk into school thinking to themselves "I hope there is no bad behavior today." This attitude is a big mistake. This week, I am going to suggest something that may sound crazy--embrace your stress.
This suggestion is true for any job, but it is especially true for teachers. Embracing your stress means that you not only expect it to happen, but that you accept it, almost want it to occur. If you spend all of your mental energy wishing that nothing bad happened then you will be uptight and stressed out when it does. So anticipate it, even welcome it. Stress is part of the job. Realize that most of the student misbehaviors that will happen are not that big a deal. Stress should not prevent you from being your best. Refuse to let it.
Other teacher stresses and fears that should be embraced:
*Fear of public speaking
*Fear of low test scores
*Fear of an official observation
*Fear of not being liked
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