ERIC Number: ED369151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Keeping Spirits High: Renewing Our Commitment to Education.
This booklet is a tool to help teachers find ways to keep their commitment to education strong. It shares success stories of educators who have kept their professional dedication alive, despite day-to-day hassles and significant obstacles. It also outlines steps teachers can take to keep their energy levels high. In each section space is provided for educators to write down reflections, goals, and ideas. The first of two sections explains some tips for experiencing personal renewal. For example, one tip involves writing down a list of 10 things that make a difference to someone. Since it is important to keep all aspects of a teacher's life sharp, this booklet lists four areas that teachers should sharpen to feel personal renewal: (1) physical health; (2) meeting social and emotional needs; (3) spiritual fulfillment; and (4) mental exercise. A good sense of humor keeps spirits high and wards off stress. Section 2 details activities and methods that lead to professional growth. Teachers should read outside materials and apply the readings to their teaching. Other tips for professional growth include taking a course or workshop, becoming a mentor, and applying for a grant. (KDP)
Descriptors: Burnout, Elementary Secondary Education, Personality Development, Self Actualization, Self Motivation, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Teacher Motivation
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 N. Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209 (Stock No.21-00413; $2.50 plus postage; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.