you have taken any of our work together to heart, then our hope
is that some of the most important learnings for you already
have assumed a prominent place in your consciousness, if not
in your daily behaviors.
We hope that you will consider this final section one
large, extended Reflection / Discussion opportunity for you and your
mentor, as well as for the others in your life to whom you entrust your
thoughts and feelings about the important issues.
Big Picture Issues - Have they remained in exactly the same configuration
as when you went through the list as we began our work together? Why
or why not? If there have been any variations, including the identification
of other core value-laden issues for yourself, in the list, what do
you make of that?
do you want to be a teacher? What motivates you to show
up for work every day?
are the notable stressors for you at school? What issues? What situations?
What persons? Are there any patterns to the stressors in your week?
In your academic year? Likewise, what are the notable stressors for
you away from school?
do you experience stress in your body? What have you noticed about any
patterns? Where do you "wear" your stress? And in what ways can you
begin to use this more heightened awareness as a warning signal to
take preventive action before stress has a chance to build up in your
life, potentially becoming a more serious issue?
are your key sustainers? As you first considered the choices in Section
3, if you were forced to choose only one preferred general mode of
addressing your stress, would it be?
specifically about that category of stress skills best fits for you? Of the remaining
three categories, which ones can serve you the best? Are there particular
situations at school or elsewhere where particular types of skills
will be of more usefulness for you? What specific skills from any of
the four categories have you added since you began this work with us,
or which seem like they may hold some promise for you, and why? And
which skills does it seem you need most to add to your repertoire,
and why? What do you need to do to make that happen, and what will
most get in your way?
were to identify the three to five most important sustainers/stress
skills for yourself at this point in time, regardless of the category
in which they fall , what would they be? Why are they most important
to you? How regularly do you utilize them? And what, if anything, do
you need to do to more readily have them available to you?
do you fall on the Type A/Type B continuum, and what if anything do
you need to attend to regarding that?
stress-resistant are you? How capable are you of clearly articulating your commitment
to teaching, to your particular school, to your students? Do you exercise
appropriate control over what you legitimately can control, and let
go of the rest? Can you label events or changes as challenges to be
clear are you about the nature of the specific workplace stressors
which exist for you at school? Are they typically events, or are they ongoing
conditions? How best can you cope with them, and from whom can you
receive help and support to do so?
much of a burnout risk are you? How is your energy level? How emotionally
exhausted are you after a day's work? How susceptible to illness are
you? How much do you find yourself lumping your students and colleagues
into categories rather than easily being able to deal with them as
individuals? How much dissatisfaction and pessimism do you feel about
your work? How efficient have you been at getting things done? Are
you missing days of work?
well , in general, are you? How do you feel about your intellectual
self? Your physical self? Your interpersonal/social relationships?
Your emotional life? Yourself as a teacher? Your spiritual self?
Can you articulate a purpose in life for yourself? Can you identify
for yourself what brings true joy and pleasure to your life? How
capable are you of accepting personal responsibility for your actions?
finally, over the next few months, what do you know you most need
to be working on to do a better job of facing and effectively
dealing with the inevitable stresses which you face as a teacher
and as a person? Be specific.