Substitute teachers get up before the birds, and oftentimes, mornings can be hectic — leaving all of us feeling like there is just not enough time to prepare for the day ahead. Luckily, we have a few tips to help substitute teachers power through each morning. Here’s our quick, 30-minute “Try It and You Won’t Regret It” morning routine to for every substitute teacher.
#1 Power Breakfast (10 Minutes)
Sure, you may be dieting on an intermittent fasting routine, but for the rest who need an early splash of coffee and real, healthy breakfast — the mornings may still be the best time to squeeze in your dose of healthy nuts and fruits. Our recommendation is to keep a jar or bowl packed with fresh fruits and/or granola in the refrigerator the night before. This way, you only need to drizzle on some honey and add some fresh yogurt before you’re out the door.
#2 Morning Stretches (5 Minutes)
Your body is still trying to recover from 6-8 hours of tossing and turning in bed. Gently help it to wake up by dedicating at least 10 minutes to a good morning stretch. Whether it’s a 5 minute yoga or stretching routine to smooth out any uncomfortable stiffness in your body, try dedicating these few minutes to get your blood flowing. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!
#3 Meditation or Brain Exercises (5 Minutes)
Channel your inner energy for just 5 minutes to deal with stress and get your creative juices flowing! People find that these 5 minutes of calm before a busy day at work can help set the mood for the rest of the day. Just like your body, your brain needs time to wake up — luckily, there are many apps to help you do this easily with just your phone. Whether it’s Headspace or Elevate, various apps can help you focus, build positive thoughts, and channel your intent to tackle all challenges ahead!
#4 Review Curriculum (5 Minutes)
It’s always a good idea to quickly review your intentions for the day ahead. Whether it’s reviewing a section from our classroom management video or a fun activity you’d like to try with the students, take the time to review your plans for the rest of the day. Even a quick reminder of what you’d like to accomplish as a new substitute teacher in the classroom will help ease some anxieties or stresses you may have about stepping into the new classroom. Preparation is key!
#5 Listen to Great Music (5 Minutes)
Dressing for success is a key component of succeeding as a substitute teacher, but what about listening to some confidence-boosting music while you’re getting ready? Go ahead, tell yourself you look and feel great! Mood-boosting music can help shape a positive frame of mind, and this is a great way to start any morning.
Do you have any morning routine ideas or suggestions for other substitute teachers? Tell us in the comments below!