Refocusing in these Tough Economic Times
Are you overworked with not enough time to do your work? Are your students losing interest in the content? How do you bring back the joy of teaching when it seems like everything may be falling apart around you?
Try to REFOCUS:
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your strengths and achievements. Go back to why you became a teacher,
technology specialist or administrator. Remember the lessons that worked and
encouraged great discussions. Think about all the times where you know you did
a good job. It’s okay to acknowledge that you are good at what you do.
Create a list of your strengths and skills. List your five
greatest personal achievements in the past year. How did you feel during those
moments? You can do this same activity with your students in a small group by
asking them to share skills, attitudes, and knowledge they have acquired in the
past few weeks. Reliving these peak experiences can really empower you to teach
with greater enthusiasm and a sense of purpose.
With so much on your plate, you may have trouble focusing on
all of yours task. At the beginning of each week, list your lessons and
activities. Visualize how your students will increase their skills and improve
their academic achievement. Since you know some students will benefit the most
from one lesson where others may have difficulty understanding the concepts.
You may find that if you assign the easy, important tasks first, then you can
motivate your students to continue working until more difficult tasks are
Every lesson has objectives but you may find that you are
not able to meet now because of time constraints and other challenges. You may
find that after most of the year has passed, that your lessons need
re-evaluating and new learning targets or benchmarks. Specific lessons that
present information without the knowledge of students’ learning styles may now
need hands-on activities and more computer use.
After you create the new learning targets that will meet the
different learning styles of your students, make sure you commit to follow
through. There will be obstacles and challenges as you try new activities but
it is important for you to commit to try these new activities. Ask your
students to also commit to being active participants in with these new
Many teachers and administrators are perfectionists. We are
supposed to be the experts. Maybe if you learn to let go and allow your
students to take more responsibilities for their learning, you will find that
your job will become easier and more enjoyable. It is not that easy to let go
but try to unburden yourself and your students. Your job is to look for
barriers that may be holding you or your students back.
How do you keep your students motivated all year round? How
about keeping you motivated? Tell a story that will help your students
visualize the concept. You can use anecdotes, metaphors, singing, plays, or
other strategies that activate their imaginations. You can even bring in the
economic crisis and let students discuss how they would solve it.
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Bray, President, My eCoach http://my-ecoach.com