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How To Stay Positive As A Teacher

Teaching is one of the most stressful jobs out there. It’s so important, but there’s only so much we can do by ourselves. Yet we get the blame and responsibility these days. I've always found the job to be tough, but there was a time in my fifth year when I about gave up. Everything I saw was negative. Thankfully, I had a great AP who helped me become more positive. Then I noticed how much my attitude affected my POV. I researched how to stay positive, and that really worked.
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How To Stay Positive As A Teacher
  • edutopia.org

    Teachers: Staying Positive in Trying Times

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    In college, I was one of those annoyingly happy people. I smiled, waved at everyone, and saw the good in just about everyone. Flash forward six years, and I'm in a horrible school. All I see are problems. This program is bad, this administrator is clueless, and these kids are annoying. It wasn't that drastic, but it was close enough. This article helped. Just the introduction about “losing” a teacher helped me out of my bad mood.
  • teaching.monster.com

    Five Ways to Stay Positive in Negativity

    6 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I have a hard time forgetting about Mr. Bryant (not his real name). He taught next door, and we had the same planning period. Whenever he saw me, he would start complaining about this kid, that parent, some new initiative, and so on. It was hard for me to stay positive in the face of such relentless negativity. This article isn't about teaching, but it’s still a fantastic resource that helped me stay positive. I started praising more often, and that helped me see more good things than bad.
  • weareteachers.com

    Keep That Bounce: 5 Ways to Nurture Your Resilience as a Teacher

    William O'Dea says:
    There’s one thing that bugs me about teacher resources. If you tell me to do something vague like, “Keep my priorities in focus to stay positive,” what does that mean in the real world? I get the point and agree with it, but how does it look? That’s why I love this article. It may only have five tips, but each comes with specific things to do. I can keep my priorities by differentiating between things I can do and cannot control. Just knowing that helps me stay positive.
  • soyouwanttoteach.com

    15 Tips To Stay Positive

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    My college coursework on education was amazing. It was full of standard stuff but also little tidbits of reality. One I've never forgotten was, “Stay away from the teachers lounge!” After working in five different schools, I wholeheartedly agree. Too much negativity comes from there. When I saw that advice in this short article, I smiled and nodded. This resource understands the power of being positive in school.
  • teachtrainlove.com

    Teaching is Tough: Stay Positive!

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I always hated how teachers joined students in cheering for upcoming holidays. If we want kids to love school, why are we showing love for not being here? I found this article a few years later and wished I had found it sooner. It provides 10 quick tips for being more positive as a teacher. I had been doing the collection box on my own, but “count-ups” and loving my room are ideas I sorely needed — as did several of my colleagues.
  • William O'Dea says:
    After just two years of working in a very challenging school, I was depressed. The principal was always out, the kids didn't care, and the parents were either absent or resistant. Why bother? Why try to be happy and all that when there are so many reasons not to be? Finally, a teacher asked, “What do you think your negativity does to your students?” This might be a short video, but it’s a powerful reminder to me about how my positivity can help the students I love.
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Tamara Bridgeforth-GoodmanHigh SchoolMarch 20, 2017
With all that is going on in world, in our personal lives, adults and children, we don't need to carry negative baggage to school/work on a daily. For to often we say things that hurt or tear people down. I write a quote for the day on my board daily to uplift my students and I have been doing it for the past 9 years. For a while I didn't think my students were paying attention. One day I was running a little behind and failed to write the quote on the board. One of my students said "Ms., you forgot to write the quote, you're slipping." To my surprise, although no one really said anything, some were paying attention. I even find it funny when old students come by to visit and say "I see you are still writing quotes on the board." It's a wonderful thing to make someone smile or give them something positive to think about. I sincerely appreciate hearing something positive on a daily basis.