It’s midterm and I’m grading exams and projects as well as gearing up to start teaching a new MBA class this Saturday. I’m tired and I'm sure my students are too. I love it that Elena Aguilar shared her list of ways to re-energize yourself. Some of the ones I think I'll try are:
#3. Stop reading anything related to education for a week. Or cut down by 90 percent.
#7. Work in 45-minute time blocks. While the timer is on, don't divert attention for anything -- no checking email, clipping cuticles, or organizing bookshelves. Forty-five minutes of intense focus (set the timer) and then a 15-minute break. Take a walk during the break. Right now. Take a walk. I'm going to take my own advice. Now.
#8. Listen to music, really loud (can be combined with walking). And sing along. Janis Joplin just did wonders for my energy level.
#10. Pet a furry creature. There's science behind this: Petting an animal decreases blood pressure and increases endorphins.
#13. Take a walk with a friend who does not work in education and talk about trivial matters or reminisce about wild college days.
You can read all Twenty Teacher Tips For Beating Fatigue here.