Hey, all you online teachers! My name is Teacher Megan, and my online teaching journey began about three years ago. It’s been a wonderful journey so far, with lots of adorable students, laughs, and of course, more cups of coffee than I could possibly count!
Online ESL teachers, you are amazing! You bring patience and passion to your classes, all while facing your own unique set of challenges. You get up before the sun and sometimes are teaching when the rest of your family has already gone to bed. You work so hard to capture the attention of little ones through their computer screen, all the while keeping a big smile on your face!
It takes massive amounts of energy to teach online- and when other things in our lives are draining our mental and emotional energy, it can be a real struggle to balance everything.
Here are some teacher-specific self-care ideas that can help you to avoid burning yourself out!
Take a deep breath. Now repeat after me- “I am a good teacher.” Isn’t it so true that we can be our own worst critics?
If you find that you are expecting perfection of yourself, just remember- no teacher is perfect, and we learn from our mistakes. Use each class as an opportunity to grow, and learn to laugh off the little things. If you are giving 100%, take pride in that. If you feel like you have room to grow, talk to your coach or mentor, and get some ideas. But don’t beat yourself up, bring yourself up! We are all works in progress, and each day we learn a little bit more, so enjoy the journey!
Of all the ways that we prepare for class, this is probably one of those boxes that go unchecked. How can we gear ourselves up emotionally?
Everyone is different, but here are a few little things that might work for you:
Coffee, tea, cocoa, hot water (it’s a thing in China!), it doesn’t matter. A hot drink will soothe your vocal cords and give you a few moments to breathe in some hot relaxing steam.
Whether it is a funny Youtube video, positive daily quote, or a passage from a favorite book, take a moment to add a little positivity to your day. If you do this before class, it can help to set the mood for the rest of your morning.
Rushing into class at the last minute adds to our stress and leaves no time to be emotionally and mentally prepared to face all of those eager little faces. Give yourself a few minutes before class to settle into your teaching station and get in the zone!
Will my students tomorrow cancel? What will my class schedule look like next week?
One of my favorite sayings is “don’t let tomorrow’s worries take away today’s strength”.
Take it one day at a time, and try not to worry about things that you simply can’t predict or control. Be sure to make a mental note of the day's blessings and focus on the positive, instead of worrying about the negative.
When you find yourself at your wits' end, you can always draw on the wisdom and support of your fellow teachers. The online teacher community is here for you!
Online teachers- you are amazing! So please take care of yourself emotionally and mentally. Your students need you!
I hope this helps! If you have any questions let me know!
Here’s my referral code if you’d like to start teaching English online today!
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