Educator’s survival guide

Leah’s quick survive and thrive tips! 

School professionals are often blamed for the ills of society. Yet, there are countless administrators, teachers and counselors who challenge and inspire students to do their best and strive for excellence. Leah Davies suggest 10 ideas educators may want to consider as they continue their work.

My top tips for a happy and healthy life in teaching:
  1. Understand that you are only human. You will make mistakes.
  2. Since you have a distinct personality, do what works best for you and your students.
  3. Observe children’s work and behavior, noticing and acknowledging improvements.
  4. Plan ahead, but be flexible and accept changes. Know that you cannot accomplish all of your goals.
  5. Understand that children may not show appreciation for your efforts.
  6. Share your time, ideas and materials with peers.
  7. Since genuine compliments encourage you as well as others, give them freely.
  8. Discuss concerns with a peer or mentor. Ask for help when you are overwhelmed.
  9. When you become discouraged, reflect and write down why you chose education as a career and the successes you have had.
  10. Find enjoyable outlets unrelated to working with students.


Leah Davies , M.Ed- Self-esteem, well being, early learning resources, International Teachers MagazineLeah Davies, M.Ed.

Leah Davies received her Master’s Degree from the Department of Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Auburn University. Her professional experience of over 44 years includes teaching, counseling, consulting, instructing at Auburn University, and directing educational and prevention services at a mental health agency.

See more from Leah at her Kelly Bar resources website


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For more survival techniques for teachers, read “Coping With Stress – Tips For Educators,” at


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