5 strategies to recover after a bad teaching day

Finding yourself having a really bad day at school? Feeling overwhelmed; annoyed with a colleague; had a bad lesson; feeling unappreciated; had a conflict with a parent; having problems with difficult children? All these can happen any time, on any day, in any teaching profession. Read on to find out how you can recover after a bad teaching day.


1.Find a friendly shoulder

Call on a trusted colleague and tell them how you feel. Vent, cry, laugh it out. This will make you feel that you are not alone. All teachers will have had a similar day at one point or another and will be able to relate and most probably know what to say to make you feel better. Even if they don’t they will at least be able to empathise. Remember, you are not alone dear colleagues.

2. Regain perspective

Devoting all of your waking hours to teaching will cause burnout, and once that burnout hits, it’s real. This starts to happen when the demands and expectations of your work drown out your joy. We all know that a teacher who does not enjoy teaching cannot teach effectively. So forget work over the weekend and enjoy some “me” time. Don’t feel guilty! Go dancing, jogging, bake a cake, do some gardening, do anything you can, which will cater for the other facets to your personality. Yourself will thank you for it. Also, you will most probably find that you have more to offer at work because you will feel happy and well-balanced.

3. Let it be

Be reminded that tomorrow is a new day. Matters usually seem better the next day, give things some time and it will probably not even matter at a later date. Come to grips with the past being in the past and leave it there, no matter how hard that may be. Try not to carry yesterday’s burdens to the next day as it will poison that, too. Always try to start a new day afresh. 🙂

4. Reflect and learn

Take some time to reflect on what happened and how much of it could have been prevented. Think what you could do next time, if something similar happened again and be prepared. Think of ways to learn from what went wrong and try to avoid it in the future. Think of it as a lesson learned, which will make you better and stronger.

5. Be positive

Always try to look on the bright side of things. It’s easier said than done, I know, but just give it a go! Think of this quote, which I came across the internet one day but can’t remember who said it…

The way you tell the story to yourself matters.

By no means am I an expert at this; I too have my good days and bad. These simple steps are nothing but gentle reminders, to myself also, for those tough days.

I hope they help you, too.

Be strong. Be happy. Love to teach.

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni




3 comments on “5 strategies to recover after a bad teaching day”
  1. Ralph Conroy says:

    Filled with common sense that we often know but often than not, put into practice. Okay, there are days when a lesson can be not awful but really horrible and time appears to have the impression of slowing down; it drags and drags.
    We are like our students, normal and like them, we will encounter these moments.
    Tomorrow is another day and you must plod on. What occurred the day before is gone and it is of no use trying to chase it and relive it. Let it go and just move on and take it in your stride.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. savedyouaspot says:

      Yes very true Ralph! We’ve all had a number of bad lessons. With experience comes the knowledge of turning it round or just stopping it if it’s really awful. Letting go is the key to getting over it and focusing on the future rather than the past. Thanks for taking the time to comment!


  2. Alankeshwari says:

    Lots of love ❤️I was so stressed after having a bad lesson at very first day of my job and I found this… it has helped me at least 40%..love to see people like you who have got our back… thank you so much… ❤️

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