There is no denying that TEFL, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language, offers numerous benefits and therefore making it an ideal profession for a lot of people. But while it may be an awesome profession on most days, some days it just sucks. To be fair, not everything is all about fun travels and meeting new people. You would also have to prioritize what you’re really in the country for which is teaching. There are students there that depend on you to teach them all about the English language. Students you need to constantly monitor, measure performances, check homework, write tests and evaluate scores. Students that you need to make sure are actually learning from you. Now with this all in mind, it can get a bit stressful, frustrating and tiring. Sometimes you just want to give up and return back to where you come from. But don’t lose hope just yet.
Here are 7 reenergizing tips for weary TEFL teachers.
- Tidy up your desk. When you tidy up your desk make sure to reorganize important documents and papers, throw away all unnecessary trash and put everything back in place. By placing a little order in your desk you are unknowingly helping reduce the stress on your body.
- Start a healthy routine. Now that you have a clean desk, you should then strive to maintain it. Review your daily routine. As soon as you finish a class, head to your desk first and place your belongings back in their proper places. The goal is to maintain organization so that even when you feel tired, you’re still in control.
- Brainstorm new ideas. The reason why you’re feeling so tired is that you feel stuck doing the same thing over and over again. Try mixing it up a little bit and think of fresh ideas that you can incorporate in class.
- Swap materials with your colleagues. Give your brain a break for a minute. You may be a highly competent Pro TEFL teacher but sometimes your brain needs to rest so instead of coming up with new materials, why not exchange ideas and materials with your colleagues instead?