7 Things to Do When You’ve Had a Tough Day Teaching


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by Tina Olesen

OK, so maybe you’re the teacher who’s never had a tough day teaching. But if you’re like the rest of us, some days may leave you feeling just plain weary and exhausted.

Here are some things we can do (and of course I’m preaching to myself here):

1) Pray

Whether you feel like it or not, pray. Pray for forgiveness. Pray for your students. Pray for your colleagues. Pray for your school community. Pray. Give thanks for everything the Lord has provided and for how He will help you in the future. Receive His love for you, and return His love.

2) Ponder scripture

Here are a couple of scriptures that are particularly helpful to set my mind thinking in the right direction:

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)

It’s also helpful to sing scripture. Open up your hymnbook and sing the truth to yourself.

3) Eliminate any self-pity

As Oswald Chambers says:

“Remember, Satan is an awful being, he is able to deceive us on the right hand and on the left, and the first beginnings of his deceptions are along the lines of self-pity. Self-pity, self-conceit, and self-sympathy will make us accept slanders against God.”

“What is my cross? The manifestation of the fact that I have given up my right to myself to Him for ever. Self-interest, self-sympathy, self-pity—anything and everything that does not arise from a determination to accept my life entirely from Him will lead to a dissipation of my life.” *

4) Remember to have patience

Things take time. Have patience with your students, and have patience with yourself, too.

5) Plan something wonderful for your class

Plan a fun or engaging activity that you can look forward to doing together. Look at some new books you want to read to them, or look into a field trip you’d like to take.

6) Take a walk in the park


High Park (public domain)







There, isn’t that better?


7) Phone your Mom

She’ll probably pray for you and tell you to go to bed. At least, that’s what my Mom does (thanks, Mom!)


*Oswald Chambers quoted from “Biblical Psychology” and “The Psychology of Redemption”.


6 thoughts on “7 Things to Do When You’ve Had a Tough Day Teaching

  1. What wonderful good observations. The Holy Spirit who indwells us is our comforter and our perfector and He will be with us whatever situation we are in – isn’t that too wonderful to contemplate it staggers the mind. I continue and will always pray for you!

  2. Thank you Tina, great advice for anyone, teacher or not. We can all get so caught up in the present that we need a reminder every so often about the great reality behind our surface problems.

  3. Thank you Tina for exhorting us all on in faith of our Lord in the midst of whatever difficult circumstances we may find ourselves in! He is faithful!!

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