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Mindset & Motivation   |   Oct 23, 2014

Yes, the October Blues are a real thing.

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

If you’re feeling completely discouraged right now and don’t know how you can possibly make it until June, that is completely NORMAL.

In October, the optimism that comes from having a fresh start at back to school has faded, the holiday breaks are still weeks away, and the rest of the school year looms ahead like an insurmountable obstacle.

Yes, the October Blues are a real thing.

Check out this awesome 8 minute audio podcast (and transcript) featuring the fabulous (and hilarious) Roxanna Elden. It’s called How Teachers Can Avoid the October Blues. Or read Beating the October Blues: Better Learning With Better Behaviour.

Take it one day at a time, friends. Stay focused on the positive. Use your interactions with other teachers to talk about SOLUTIONS, rather than seeking out people to vent with you. You’ll feel a lot better if you spend your evenings celebrating the good stuff and looking for new ways to make the next day better instead of rehashing problems.

Know that almost everyone’s having a tough time right now. You are not alone. And it’s going to get better in the months to come.

Also, Halloween is on a Friday this year. So there’s that.

Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela created the first version of this site in 2003, when she was a classroom teacher herself. With 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach, Angela oversees and contributes regularly to...
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    1. Interesting! I always like March. The kids are usually in a good grove by that point, and spring fever hasn’t yet kicked in. Every month has it’s challenges, I suppose.

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