Stressed! Survival Tips for May from a Veteran Teacher


It’s testing season.  I am tired in ways I didn’t know I could be.  The data, deadlines, testing schedule, deadlines, testing prep, anxiousness of the students, deadlines, irritable of us teachers is all pushing me to an edge:  the edge of sanity.  My co-teacher has resorted to drawing minions as a stress release.

Understand that when I say “veteran”, it really means old, but here goes: it’s survival of the fittest as we push to June, and we are winners.  We are teachers.  The heroes of the classroom.

  1.  Get some sleep.  Your immune system could take a hit when you are this stressed, so try to get sleep to help be ready for this season of survival.
  2. If you can’t get enough sleep, which is my case, drink more coffee.  Stay away from
    You do have a Keurig in your room, right?

    sugary coffees because too much sugar can work against you.  That brings me to #3.

  3. Eat healthier.  Go for more fruit, veggies, 100% fruit drinks and lots of water.  Recently I had to visit a doctor because the stress has made me sick, a doctor told me that lots of water is as good as Mucinex.  In my blog Top Ten Words of Advice for My Teacher Friends or You Are Tired Already, Aren’t You?,  I suggested eating chocolate and having a stash in your classroom, but now I am saying get rid of it.  Super equals inflammation equals pain.  That all makes you more tired.  Don’t need that this season.  Plus bathing suit season is coming and we teachers are going to the beach and no one, I repeat, no one can make us leave.  We might be rude, dress out of dress code and sleep when we should be working.  Just sayin.
  4. If you do find yourself with a little crud, consider taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for a few mornings.  It can be drunk straight or mixed with some orange juice which is a better way for me.  It kills the infection inside like a cough or cold and it works.  Otherwise, I would never suggest something so nasty–it’s horrible.
  5. Ibuprofen.  Enough said.
  6. Ignore some emails for 24 hours.  Not trying to be disrespectful of those in charge, but…you are wearing us out.  Go teach and ignore that 50 page data report due last week that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.  I have a much better day when I just deal with kids and no one else.
  7. Schedule your massage.  What day is school out?  What time can you be there?  And back to that beach trip-is it on the calendar yet?

Now listen to me:

You got this, friend.  The end is near.  Those test scores are going to come back proficient, advanced or whatever other over-the-top great jargon your state uses.  Those kids have learned and grown  How could they not?  They have been in the presence of greatness this year: you.  Blood, sweat and tears have gone into your classroom and the results of your efforts are everywhere.  If the scores don’t reflect those wonderful things that have taken place in your room this year, those faces do.  You have met those babies of all ages with warm smiles, laughter and stern love when needed.  They have grown.  They are different because of you.  And you are different because of them.  Finish this year strong.

God is good.  We are blessed far beyond what we deserve and at the end of the year, we are going to see some of those blessings and His goodness rain down on us.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

Kathy McBroom


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