Academic journal article Childhood Education

Sharing Success Strategies

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Sharing Success Strategies

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As emerging educators, the demands on our time and energy are relentless. While usually attending college full time, we also teach full time, and often have other jobs to help pay our bills. Furthermore, we are planning weddings, buying houses, and seeking permanent employment. Predictably, the burn-out rate for new teachers is horrifically high. If we do not practice effective methods exemplified by more experienced teachers, we may soon lose the love we have for our work.

Amidst the clamoring calls of many obligations, you must choose to invest your time and energy wisely. Evaluate your present commitments and then free yourself from unnecessary responsibilities. Pace yourself and avoid perfectionism. Each school year is a marathon, not a sprint. Staying in and completing work on some Friday nights in order to attend an ACEI Branch meeting during the upcoming week is one way to invest in your future. Also, occasionally leaving your home untidy to attend an ACEI Branch meeting is a small price to pay for friendships made and children helped at Branch service projects.

Seek to meet the urgent needs of the moment without sacrificing your long-term goals. It is easy to get caught up in today's problems, and to put your dreams for your future on hold. …

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