Teacher tiredness is rampant. Are you tired? Please comment below I have only 8 children in my class. Only 8. Parents think I live an easy life. However, my 8 are all non-native speakers, 50% have learning disabilities of one sort or another. And I invest all my time in getting the best results out of each of them.
I am tired. Teaching is tiring. Curiously if I retire at 60, I will live until about 80 as a teacher. If I retire at 65, on average I am dead at 67… or some I was told… I could however live for a long longer . For this reason, I take avoiding tiredness very, very seriously.
I have my step counter on day in and day out. Just like everyone else, I know that I have to keep fit if I want to fight tiredness and keep the pounds off me. Being overweight just makes you more tired.
I also know walking has a magical effect of separating work from home. So this is another bonus. I admit that at the moment, I am busing it both ways as I have my end of term assessments to mark and have in on time.
Teacher tiredness means you need more sleep.
I also make sure I sleep well. My phone goes off early and I don’t look at it again. It lives in the kitchen. Latest research shows that cutting blud light in the evenings doesn’t help with sleep. Not using a phone and letting your brain just wander does.
Having open communication at work helps to reduce stress and teacher tiredness. I make sure all I need to say has been emailed so no-one forgets or misinterprets a plan. I also let people know when they do well or screw up. As headteacher, screw ups bug me as my rold is keeping the school going in the right direction.
Tiredness also comes if teachers don’t get the right work-life balance. Timetables can be squeezed to such an extent that they cease to be fun to do. I am personally for slow learning. This means deep and interactive learning rather than superficial learning. It is learning which is fun for the teachers to teach and engaging enough for the students to remember.
Tiredness all comes from poor health. I have read magnesium supplements work wonders. I tried evening primrose oil and it has a kick like a mule. You feel great. If was the slowly developing man breasts (evening primrose oil has the precursors needs for your body to make oestrogen). I’m currently on a dry months in terms of beer which is good for the body but I do miss my occasional pint.
A good way to beat tiredness is regular sex.
Weirdly, I have read that developing a good, regular sex life does wonders for tiredness. Indeed the effects are long lasting. It’s a case of just getting and keeping in the swing of things. Sometimes you need to actively make space for such things. Date nights etc.
Finding something you are passionate about helps fight teacher tiredness. Becoming a daily bus blogger has made a difference to me. Knowing one day I will hit it big, keeps me going. I am the Del Boy of the teaching industry. It is a bit of a running joke that this time next year I will have cracked the system and can retire as a writer… it has been as long as I have been a teacher… and still I am convinced one day it will come together. Optimism rules over all evidence in my life.
Make sure you enjoy your holidays and weekends.
Also making sure your holidays are kept as 100% holidays is key. This will provide you will more time to recover, energize and think of new teaching ideas. My best ideas come to me when I am not in the classroom. They come when I am walking, or playing with a new gadget or sleeping. My sleeping ideas are the craziest and slipperiest to catch hold of when I wake up. I have often convinced myself I’ve sorted all the environmental problems in an amazing way. These include make all plastic drinking bottles into Lego shapes so I can use them to directly build new homes or fancy greenhouses. etc.
Likewise enjoy your weekends and long summer evenings – school and work can wait. If you think teaching is too hard in your country, become an international teacher. Many UK teachers leave to work in sunnier climes and very few return to a life in the UK state system. I know won’t be.Follow my blog with Bloglovin