Teaching Strategies: How to Regain Your Drive

From time to time (or perpetually), there will be days when your drive, enthusiasm, and passion for the teaching profession have simply checked out for the day (or week, or semester).

It’s a pretty common feeling, and today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based in Upstate New York, takes a look at several reasons why educators can lose their drive (a slump seeps in, standardized tests take their toll, etc.) and outlines three teaching strategies that will help teachers regain their drive and passion:

  • Stop Worrying
  • Learn to Adjust and Adapt
  • Surround Yourself with Passionate People

Janelle sums up her article thusly: “Keeping that fire lit is not easy. Teaching can be challenging, and what it all comes down to in the end is passion. Passion and drive is going to be what keeps you in your profession. While it’s completely normal to have challenging moments throughout the year, you need to find ways to maintain your passion. Besides living in the moment, being worry-free, learning to adapt and adjust to whatever comes your way, and surrounding yourself with motivating people, you should also take the time to reflect why you became a teacher in the first place. Think about the first time that you helped a child read or complete a math problem. Fill your brain with the miracles that you made happen within your teaching career. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you will find your back.”

How do you keep your passion for teaching? Do you have any tips or strategies that you use when times get rough throughout the school year? Please share your expertise!

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