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You should be able to do it, so why can’t you?

24/04/17

Do you recognise the signs when you're stressed? It's important not to put too much pressure on yourself and to admit when your work load is too much.

This article could have many names to it, but it is about looking at what you need to do when life gets tough, especially performance in our professional roles.

As teachers, we can at times be very hard on ourselves. No more so than the teacher who may have many years’ worth of experience combined with a high standard of professionalism, evident in their carer. We strive to make our classes the best possible version of itself, looking to craft lessons into fun, accessible and exciting for every single child. This is where our ideology gets us traveling up the wrong pathway. When we are not able to reach the high standards we set ourselves that may seem impossibly high to others, we dramatically find ourselves as the non-achievers within our own working world.

I am sure at some point in our career; we can all wave our metaphorical hands frantically in the air in regards to this scenario. We give ourselves no leeway to get things wrong, and when we do, because at some point we will, it is then we chastise ourselves, like no child we would ever teach. This realisation that occurs within our lives, usually takes the form of a comment, from a non-teaching friend or family member, saying we are looking tired, that we have been a bit snappy or just not pulling our weight at home. It is then that one of two things happen, either we admit that we are indeed not coping or we tell them, in one way or another that nothing is at all wrong.

At this point, I am in deep thought, pausing before I consider how blunt my next piece of writing may present itself.

So what is it that we as professional people do at this point of turmoil, stress and when work is tough, and we are drowning in our own workload, believing in our own low self-confidence? Usually we moan or complain and of course, it is everyone else’s problem and not ours. Our ego shouts loudly in our heads

“YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS, STUPID, NOT GOOD ENOUGH, RUBBISH. YOU HAVE BEEN TEACHING FOR HOW LONG?”

Yes, we all know this is what actually happens, not what must happen. I say must; because it’s our sanity here we are talking about. If you are feeling the stress of work, because of lack of knowledge, a problem you are unable to deal with, you need to speak with someone within school that can help you progress and move away from that nasty fibbing ego, telling you how rubbish you are. Yes, stand up, be brave and ask for HELP. We tell the children they should be asking for help when they do not understand or are having problems. Let’s practice what we preach, and ask for help ourselves. There is no shame; there is only power in asking and being supported.


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