Despite the ups and downs of the job we still find ourselves sticking with it because…we love it!
We love taking our knowledge and using it to inspire and educate others.
But sometimes being an educator is hard.
Sometimes we get bored and sometimes we feel so fed up that we start to tell ourselves that we need a break or some time away from our jobs.
As a teacher/tutor or educator it's totally normal to go through periods where you feel uninspired or overworked.
If you've been feeling this way. Take a deep breath and forgive yourself- you're not alone.
Here are 3 amazing things you can do to reignite your passion for teaching whilst also improving the quality of your lessons.
1. Watch movies.
No, I'm not crazy. Watching films is fantastic for teachers because films are full of great ideas and messages that translate really well in the classroom.
Take for instance, the film Divergent. It's been a huge hit recently.
An English Tutor or Teacher could take inspiration from the film by using many of the film's scenes as inspiration for story writing prompts.
Here's an example: Imagine you're stuck in a large water tank. It's filling to the brim. You can't swim and if you don't find a way to either escape or stop the water from flowing, you'll drown. Describe your escape.
Similarly, a Maths Tutor could adapt this sort of scenario and task students what the probability of escaping the water tank would be. Likewise, a Modern Languages Tutor could translate the scenario into another language and ask students to write about how they'd escape.
It's a great idea, right?
The next time you're feeling a little uninspired, dedicate as little as 30 minutes to watching a film or even a few scenes from a film and think of creative ways to turn whatever you see into amazing lesson plan ideas.
2. Travel. When I speak to Tutors, Educators and Teachers, many state that they never travel. I get it, we're all pressed for time and travelling can seem like one of the last things on your mind. However, travelling can benefit tutors in so many ways.
Firstly, it opens up your mind making you more knowledgeable about new cultures, new environments and new ways of life. Secondly, it can give you the inspiration you need to feel reenergised enough to feel passionate about teaching. Finally, travelling makes for great stories! Stories that can be told in the classroom or in the tuition lessons that you teach.
3. Don't think of your lessons as 'lessons.'
If you think of your tuition lessons as 'lessons' or 'work' you immediately feel tired. Rather than saying 'I'm going to work today,' instead say, 'I'm off to inspire someone,' or 'I'll be making a difference today'. Just by changing the perception of teaching/tutoring from being a job to being a gesture that is giving, you automatically alter how you think and feel about your work.
Finally, have fun!
You're a Tutor/Educator/Teacher because deep down you enjoy helping others to learn. Don't forget that and try to incorporate fun into your lessons as much as possible.
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