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What Fuels YOU as a Teacher?

My favorite fruit is pineapple, and one of my favorite snacks is Doritos. I was at Costco the other day and I found super sized versions of both. Currently, I’m doing my best to stay in shape and remain as healthy as possible, so I’m happy to say that I put the Doritos back on the shelf. One thing I’ve learned is that a crucial aspect to consider when getting back in shape is the fuel we fill our bodies with each day. 

The Key is Healthy Fuel

When many of us decide to get back in shape and get healthier, one thing we tend to do is head to the gym before anything else. Our 1st thought is what work out to try or how much cardio we need in order to lose some weight. When this is our sole focus, we often end up falling short. 

In order to be successful at getting healthy, especially for the long term, we need to focus on how we fuel our body first, from the inside out. It’s very difficult to become healthy through exercise alone. If our meals consist of pizza, hamburgers, milkshakes, and Doritos we will struggle. It might seem like we are doing ok for a while but eventually, fueling ourselves with junk will break down our health over time no matter how much we work out. 

Our ‘Teacher Fuel’ is Crucial

The same thing can happen to us as teachers if we aren’t careful about taking notice of what truly fuels us. The people we surround ourselves with, the goals we set, or even our attitudes and intentions can serve as fuel. We can do all the right things in the classroom, but if we spend our time outside of the classroom consumed with the latest gossip, or concern ourselves with competing rather than collaborating, we fuel ourselves with junk food. We may seem strong and healthy on the outside to everyone around us, but the truth is, what fuels us when no one is watching is what truly makes us who we are. If we secretly fuel ourselves with negativity or selfish concerns, our true colors will eventually show, and our teaching health will suffer and break down. 

Today, I want to encourage you to think about what fuels you as a teacher. The ultimate goal is to fuel ourselves with what is needed for us to serve others well. 

What fuels you as a teacher?

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