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93. From Burnout to Thriving in a Calm Classroom Atmosphere

Happy New Year! This is a time to reflect on the past so we can dive into the future year with a fresh start. And that’s just what we’re talking about today! We are sharing the right questions to ask yourself in order to make the changes you want in your life.
Specifically, Josianne shares her story of a particularly difficult and stressful school year she had and how in the beginning of January, she adopted some healthy habits and mindset shifts using these useful questions that completely transformed her life! If you feel like last term was difficult or you felt like you were burning out and you want to thrive in a calm and focused classroom atmosphere, this episode is for you!

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Do you feel tired? Stressed? Overwhelmed with all of your students’ individual needs?

We get it. Teaching isn’t easy, and we know the feeling of burnout all too well.

Whether you’re in the beginning, middle or end of your school year and you’re starting to feel like you just can’t keep going the way you are, ask yourself the following questions. These have helped us to take on new habits and mindset shifts that completely transformed our lives both in and out of the classroom. Take out a pen and paper and write down your answers!

1. What went well in and out of my classroom these past few months (or days)?

List everything off! Look for things that are going well both on the professional side of things and the personal side. What’s going well at home? What good habits are you managing to stay on top of? What’s been going well at school? During class time? What are small wins you’ve had lately? Start listing! Point form will do!

2. What did I struggle with in my classroom these past few months (or days)?

Again, look at what’s been difficult for you both in and out of your classroom. What has been daunting, tiring, what are you struggling to do on a daily basis?

3. How do you want to feel moving forward?

This is the big question. We tend to ask ourselves what we want to do instead of how we want to feel, but unfortunately, asking ourselves what we’ll do only perpetuates the cycle of exhaustion and stress. So ask yourself, how is it that you want to feel moving forward? Think deeply about this and see what emotions come up for you.

4. What actions will you take to feel the way you want to feel?

Start thinking about what you can do to feel the way you want to feel, and what you can take off your plate to feel that way. What will be your focus to change the way you feel? What actions will you take to ensure this feeling you’re seeking?

If your goal is to feel more calm both in and out of the classroom, we have a free tool that will help you achieve this feeling, while helping your students feel that way as well!

We are passionate about helping teachers create a focused, calm, well-managed and healthy learning environment using Educalme, ​our online classroom mindfulness program.

This program will help you and your students find calm during the busy, often hectic school day. You and your students will learn to manage your emotions mindfully which will help you both to thrive in a calm learning atmosphere.

What teachers love about Educalme? There’s no prep required!

Curious about how Educalme works? Read this blog post to learn all about it or watch this video and learn!

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Let us know in the comments, what feeling are you seeking?

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