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Any career with a lot of personal interaction can take a high emotional toll.

Teachers often have to deal with students who have troubled home lives, severe illnesses, or other personal issues that can tug at the heartstrings. Sometimes you won’t be able to do anything to help your students in certain situations, a reality that can be very challenging for teachers. Rather than feel helpless, please communicate with your fellow teachers to learn more about how they have dealt with similar situations. Nothing can be gained by trying to be tough and not reaching out for emotional support.

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Multiplication Practice Interactive Notebook / Journal

Multiplication Practice Interactive Notebook / Journal

$5.00
PRACTICE TAKING TURNS

PRACTICE TAKING TURNS

$1.00
Saints BINGO Game

Saints BINGO Game

$3.25
Thanksgiving Color by Code: Add and Subtract within 10 and 20

Thanksgiving Color by Code: Add and Subtract within 10 and 20

$4.00
Orange Classic Sticker Charts

Orange Classic Sticker Charts

$2.25
Simplify Fractions Task Cards

Simplify Fractions Task Cards

$2.00
Acorn Writing Prompts

Acorn Writing Prompts

$2.00
The Way I Saw It! (Point of View Lesson for Middle School)

The Way I Saw It! (Point of View Lesson for Middle School)

$3.00
Holiday/Christmas Vocalic OR Articulation Story

Holiday/Christmas Vocalic OR Articulation Story

$1.50

You will worry

It is only normal to worry about the people we care about, and when you are a teacher, there will be no end to the number of students that cause you to worry! Finding out that a student has been struggling, has a difficult home life, or suffers from a serious illness can cause many sleepless nights. In such instances, you will feel worried and concerned and will have to rely on your support network to help you get through the challenging times. Physical health, including a proper diet and a good amount of exercise, can help your body deal with the negative outcomes of worrisome events.

Develop effective ways to deal with the emotional stress

Stress comes in a lot of forms, and emotional stress can cause a lot of damage to your psyche and even physical well-being. Without effective countermeasures, such stressors can make it difficult to do your job well. Don’t ignore stressful situations; be sure you have the help you need to remain an effective educator, even in the most trying times. Whether you turn to your faith or a professional counselor, make sure you have an outlet to help you deal with unfair situations that can break your heart.

Find support by bonding with other teachers

More than anyone else, your fellow teachers will understand the difficulty of dealing with heartbreaking situations that involve your students. Teachers who have been through similar circumstances will provide you with invaluable insights and ways to get through such heartaches. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you are going through a trying experience. In turn, you will be able to help other teachers and share your experiences to help them.

There are a lot of ways that teaching is an incredibly rewarding career, but with those rewards come more than a few downsides. Your students will have many instances when they face insurmountable obstacles, and there will be little you can do to help them. Make sure you have the support you need to be there as much as possible for all your students!

Make sure you are taking care of yourself, especially in trying times, and don’t try to do everything independently. When you can replenish your batteries and stay fresh, your students will continue to benefit from having an engaged and compassionate teacher.