Have you ever gotten yourself into such a teaching rut that you didn’t think you would ever see the light of day again? Are you stuck in a cycle of too little sleep, not feeling your best all day, and making silly mistakes that just aren’t like you? You are not alone! I don’t know a single teacher that Hasn’t felt this way at one point or another in their careers.
The hard thing about busting a teaching rut is that there is so much riding on it. First and foremost is our own well being. When we are stuck in a rut we are not able to be our best selves and likely aren’t taking care of ourselves either. Additionally, when stuck in a rut we aren’t great people to be around, and our students and colleagues deserve more than that.
Now, I know that no one gets into a rut on purpose. It just kind of happens, and we often don’t know we are falling into a rut until we are already waist deep and can’t see the light of day. When you do find yourself sinking into a rut and you identify it as such there are few things you can do.
Break Your Teaching Rut by Pulling Back
Break Your Teaching Rut by Finding Inspiration
Take a Break from Your Teaching Rut
The important thing about taking a break is that you recognize that breaks are a springboard to get you back on track. Don’t allow yourself excessive breaks though. If you find they aren’t working, move onto something else.
Break Your Teaching Rut by Redefining Success
Instead of defining success based on the accomplishments of others we can redefine what it means to us. We might have a colleague that is exceptionally organized. We might be envious of their skills and it brings us down to see our own classrooms. Instead of thinking you have to be as organized as your colleague set a small, accomplishable goal for yourself. This might be keeping your desk clear. By starting with a small success you can build it into larger successes.
Break Your Teaching Rut Climbing the Ladder
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