Article by Katie Currens
Being a teacher is stressful, and this is the time of year when many of us experience the most stress: short days and long nights moving into February tend to make us feel down. I know all too well the exhaustion of being in a classroom. When I was a teacher, my instructional coach helped me manage my day to day stresses through organizational strategies and modifying my instructional practices. Now that I have stepped into a coaching role, I have a new perspective on this all-too-familiar fatigue. As teachers, we have teams and colleagues that understand the stress we deal with, but how can we find a balance to help us manage our stress? What do we do if we’ve tried adjusting our classroom practices yet still feel “burned out”?