Motivation ain’t a One Way Street

Relief Teaching Motivation

What about YOUR Motivation?

I know I have said it in this forum before and I know those who are teaching understand, but teaching ain't easy. When teaching, we work in a combative environment one way or other. Either we are combating kids, parents, budget cuts, professional support and the list goes on. We spend so much effort on student motivation but just how much effort do you spend on your own personal motivation?


What About Your Motivation?

What keeps your motivation up there? I mean, you have to spend you day teaching kids about motivation. You motivate others day in and day out.

Who provides the motivation for you to keep doing your best?

My guess is no one.

It is expected that your motivation is intrinsic - and most of the time, when you are teaching, it is.

You might receive your motivation from

  • your whopping great pay cheque,
  • the fabulous results your students are achieving,
  • the glowing praise you get from your principal and
  •  the wave of appreciation you receive from parents and the community.

Great. If that is working for you then you probably don't need to read any more.

I have been in this game a long, long time.

I have been through some dull patches. Those periods where you just have to wonder why on earth you picked this rotten job for in the first place. Where the best thing about banging your head on the wall is that you can stop.

When it comes to motivation, little things go a long way and I have found that simply understanding achieves a lot.

If you see a colleague about the fall over, the best thing you can do is to give them a smile and let them know you understand.

Try these 14 quick steps to staying motivated.

  1. Train yourself to think good ideas while preventing negative thoughts.
  2. Get your exercise and dieting routine in order and handling it like your strategic plan.
  3. Avoid negative people. They waste your time and energy.
  4. Seek out the positive people. They will inspire you and you will inspire them.
  5. Have goals–but remain versatile. No strategy should be inflexible. Don't let the PLAN get in the way of the objective.
  6. Any activity that does not support your greater objective is misused effort--and should be prevented.
  7. Take responsibility for your own results.
  8. Expand past your boundaries on a regular basis.
  9. Don't wait for perfection; do it now!
  10. Celebrate all your successes no matter how small.
  11. Do not take your achievements too seriously.
  12. Goals are the heart of accomplishment, so never begin them with "I'll try ..." Always start with "I will" or "I must."
  13. Treat inaction as the only real failing.
  14. Think before you speak. Keep quiet rather than saying something unnecessary.
When you are relief teaching, it is so easy to miss the trees and only see the forest.