Years ago, I read a book aptly named “Finding Your Sweet Spot”. Although inspirational, the details of the book seem murky now. The main point of the book that stayed with me is that we know our sweet spot—what it feels like—and how to keep it going.
For me, the sweet spot in teaching is when everything gels. Your lessons flow with ease, your students work, and you’re engaged throughout the day. You feel inspired and you inspire others.
I’m able to maintain that balance and flow in teaching most days. But I often rely upon others to stay in my best natural rhythm for teaching. Those others can be really anyone who is positive and uplifting, keeping me energized and inspired.
If you’re searching for ways to stay positive throughout your day—and life—try these 3 simple pointers. It’s a challenge to find your sweet spot—it’s important as teachers that we stay there!
- Focus on the kids. Kids are some of the most pure, funny, and honest human beings around. As a teacher, I love that I am blessed to work with these sacred beings every single day. When I focus on their smiles, goofy stories, and cuteness, I keep my groove.
- Stay inspired through positive people. I’m sure you’ve noticed how some people bring you up while others bring you down. Focus on those that bring you up. They don’t even have to be teachers in your immediate community. I find that digital mentors keep my energy level up. I enjoy inspirational podcasts or audio books on my commute to help me begin my teaching day.
- Continue to learn and grow. As teachers, we always enjoy learning. We find ways to add to our classroom and feel refreshed with new ideas.However, sometimes our plates are just too full—and our brains—to take on anything else. While I listen to audio programs mainly to stay inspired, one way to continue learning without adding extra to your plate is to listen to new ideas and research from podcasts (or audio books).
The Cult of Pedagogy with Jennifer Gonzolez takes all the best in the field and puts it into one place. The work is done for you. The book ”Teach Like a Pirate”, in audio form, can give you new ideas and inspire you.
Whether you’re on a break or in the midst of a school year, keeping yourself in the zone is essential to staying balanced and eliminating feelings of overwhelm or burnout. If you feel you need a little more of that something extra, subscribe to receive weekly inspiration in your mailbox. We could all use a little help staying sweet!