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T.E.A.C.H. the Teacher to Relax

Are you the kind of teacher who can’t wait to get back into the classroom to set it up for the new school year? Do you get a natural “high” on eraser dust or bust a few dance moves when you see a highly shined classroom floor? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions then you are a prime candidate for T.E.A.C.H. (Train Educational Addicts how to Choose a Hiatus)!

Summer break is a great time to step away from the classroom and … well, have some FUN! Fun can come in any form or fashion. It doesn’t have to be costly or energy consuming. For instance, if you should decide to take a Salsa class or train to be a bull rider while on vacation, it may be as simple as buying an app (Dance Salsa) or a Wii game (Out of the Chute).

Or you could take a step back into time and get in touch with your inner child again. Plan a picnic in the park where you can play on the swings and go do the slide without any inhibitions. Can’t you just hear yourself chanting, “It’s my time to play, I’m not thinking about teaching today, no way!” I remember a friend of mine shared a story with me of how as a child she use to lip sync to Diana Ross albums. There’s nothing stopping you or her from grabbing a microphone and going to a local club and becoming an overnight karaoke sensation.

I know that sometimes it is difficult after nine months of hard labor to readily release the responsibility for the little angels who simply adore you. But everything must change, absolutely nothing stays the same. The next time you see your favorite students, they may have had a growth spurt and grown five inches taller or gotten a tattoo in an undisclosed location. Relax, reflect, and release last year’s burdens and prepare to make new memories in the upcoming school year. You’ve done a good job so it’s okay to take a break. You’ve definitely earned one.

If you absolutely must have a “kid” fix and you don’t want to rent one from your neighbor, volunteer for storytime at your local library. Better yet, write a book yourself and share it with a local writer’s group! There are endless possibilities out there for you, if only you would take a step outside the box (your classroom) and pursue some unadulterated FUN!

My name is Coach Marcia, and I approve of this hilarious message. Just in case you didn’t get it, the moral of this story is enjoy your summer. Time isn’t something that you can readily bring back. NOW is the time for you to make happy memories that will keep a smile on your face when you return to the classroom. In the spirit of the NIKE slogan, “Just Do It!”

Hello Everyone, I hope you enjoyed this week’s post. I’ve got another tip for you. My friend, Best Selling Author and Editor Sharon Jenkins is offering a Publish Your Book in 60 Days Training specifically for teachers. If you’re interested in writing a book this summer, check out her website at www.teacherwrite60.com.
As always, remember to “Become Your Absolute Best!” Check us out at http://marciaycollins.com/ and don’t forget to sign-up for our newsletter.


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Being Your Absolute Best in Regards to Your Health

In 1962, Charlotte Camfield wrote an article titled, Improving the Physical and Mental Health of Teachers. Here is a brief snapshot of what her introductory paragraph looked like:

“Teachers in the past have been notorious for their negligence of the basic laws of  health, and for decades cartoonists pictured the pedagogue as an “emaciated neurotic.”  Today excessive fatigue seems to be particularly prevalent among the many moonlighters who hold down extra jobs, among the teachers who are earning advanced degrees through night and summer classes, and among those educators who have additional after-hours responsibilities in connection with their school duties. In addition, there are many daily mental and emotional pressures connected with the educative process.”[1]

Has much changed since 1962 for today’s teacher? Health is often the last thing on the list of your priorities when it comes to managing the day to day demands of a classroom in 2015. It has been that way for a long time. Teachers sometimes see themselves as “martyrs for a cause” in one of the noblest professions on earth. But a healthy teacher also equates to high-level performance at a peak proficiency level in the classroom. Sacrifice for others is an honorable cause, but sacrificing self unnecessarily is pure insanity. In the words of Charlotte Camfield, “’Slow down and live a little!”’[2] The life you save may be your own.

Being at the top of your game, both mentally and physically improves your overall health. When you show up in a classroom for duty, it’s like showing up for military service. You must go through basic training so that you can successfully fulfill your mission. Use your time off to assess your health and develop and implement a plan to restore yourself to tip top shape.  Do so by:

  • Getting a physical from head-to-toe done by your primary physician.
  • Dropping in on your favorite mental health professional, mentor, or coach for some “all about me” time. Preventative maintenance in this area reinforces your mental agility when it’s time for active-duty.
  • Creating happy new memories with the significant others in your life.
  • Revisiting pleasant times and recoup any lost relationships that may have been cast to the side during the intensity of the school year.
  • Doing an honest evaluation of your eating habits during the school year and summer vacation. Now’s a good time to make any adjustments necessary to establish a healthier diet plan.
  • Exercising or establishing an exercise routine that you can carry on into the school year.
  • Join a teacher’s support group that focuses on FUN!!!

Last but not least, turn your school daze into school days that support a healthier YOU during the school year and after school is out for the summer. Be the absolute best you possible by being the healthiest you possible!

Coach Marcia




[1] Camfield, C. (1962). Improving the Physical and Mental Health of Teachers. In The Clearing House (3rd ed., Vol. 37, pp. 159-161). Taylor & Francis.


[2] Ibid.