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Welcome back to our Secondary Systems for Summer series! Today, we will be wrapping up our series by discussing the fourth S of the 4S System – Sustain.
If this is your first time tuning in, make sure to listen to the previous three episodes starting at episode 100.33 to get the full picture of the 4S System and how it can help you not only during the summer but also in preparing for the following school year as a multiple prep teacher.
The Reality of Being a Multiple Prep Teacher
Let’s be honest, my teacher friend. As a multiple prep teacher, you often find yourself teaching various subjects or courses. This could be because you’re teaching an elective or due to the nature of your rural school.
While you may be able to minimize your preps to some extent, depending on your situation and school size, you will likely always be a multiple prep teacher. And that’s okay! The key is to figure out how to sustain yourself and be the best teacher possible with the resources you have.
The 4S System: Setting You Up for Success
Throughout this series, we have covered the 4S System – Set in Order, Schedule, Systemize, and now, Sustain.
By following this system, we aim to help you sustain yourself as a multiple prep teacher.
We have already discussed the importance of setting priorities and creating a well-structured schedule. Additionally, we explored the benefits of implementing systems to make your workload more manageable.
Now, let’s put it all together and focus on sustaining yourself through self-care and well-being.
Self-Care: It’s More Than Just the Spa
Self-care looks different for everyone, and it goes beyond simply going to the spa. As a teacher, you often prioritize supporting others, making it challenging to prioritize your own self-care.
Today, we’ll explore some strategies that can help you improve your health and well-being based on my own experiences.
When I started teaching, I didn’t realize the importance of rest. I would work late, bring tons of work home, and spend my entire summer rewriting everything I had done throughout the year.
I was striving for perfection, often neglecting to save and reuse previous materials. Little did I know that this constant stress was impacting my fertility journey.
It was only later that I discovered how crucial it is to prioritize rest. Make sure you get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Even if you have unfinished tasks, try to avoid sacrificing your sleep for work.
Taking Time for Meals
Are you guilty of skipping or rushing through lunch? Many teachers find themselves with limited time to eat, often spending only a few minutes on their meals.
However, taking a break and enjoying your lunch is essential for self-care. Find ways to make lunchtime more enjoyable, whether it’s by scrolling through your phone or having lunch with colleagues in the faculty room. Use this time to recharge and connect with others.
Setting boundaries may not seem directly related to self-care, but it plays a crucial role in maintaining your well-being.
Learn to say “no” when necessary, whether it’s leaving work at your contracted time or declining additional responsibilities like being a club advisor.
You need to establish boundaries that protect your time and energy, allowing you to focus on your main responsibilities.
Your Assignment for Today
As we wrap up this series, I want you to think about one area you want to improve this summer to set yourself up for success in the fall.
Is it getting enough sleep? Eating regular meals? Or setting and enforcing boundaries?
Choose one of these areas and commit to making positive changes. By developing good habits over the summer, you’ll be better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead in the upcoming school year.
Being a multiple prep teacher is no easy task, but with the right strategies and self-care, you can sustain yourself and excel in your role.
Remember to prioritize rest, take time for meals, and set boundaries to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
By implementing these practices over the summer, you’ll create a solid foundation for success in the fall.
Take care of yourself, my teacher friend, and continue making a positive impact on your students’ lives.
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