Teacher Tip #2: How to shake off that funk and get focused

No matter how happy you try to stay on a daily basis, you will always have those days that you just don’t feel like yourself. You’re in a funk. You’re just feeling bad for no apparent reason. These days are dreaded as teachers, because they lead to very limited productivity…and we can’t afford to have too many of those!

My advice is simple: Find something quick and easy that gets your mind off of school and refocuses you. Sometimes, a quick diversion doing something you enjoy is all you  need. If you’re a sports nut, browse ESPN.com for a while. If you like musicals, watch a clip from one of your favorites. For every other interest, head over to Pinterest.

My suggestion is Sporcle. Sporcle is a collection of online quizzes (well, not quizzes exactly…more like games) that run the gamut of topics. You can spend just a few minutes on one of them, but they’re mentally stimulating and so much fun. Enjoy!


I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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