Is there a vampire teacher in your school? These energy draining people are everywhere even our schools. Discover how to recognize and work with your energy vampire.
I find myself nodding my head in agreement. I feel my optimism slowly draining away and then I hear myself agreeing with her. I find myself joining in on the complaint. After a few minutes, I walk down to my room angry that I have to deal with him again.
When I unlock my door and step inside, I begin to question where my resolution of “today will be different” and the optimism I started off with went. Then it hit me… I had just talked to THE VAMPIRE TEACHER!
What is a Vampire Teacher?
A Vampire Teacher is an Energy Vampire who works as a teacher.
These are the people who suck the joy, fun, and life out of everything. Their passion for teaching is dying or non-existent. They have no hope and little drive. They are very sour and breed negativity. They are highly contagious!
What is a Energy Vampire?
And I was becoming one of them! This had to stop but I am getting ahead of myself.
.01 A person who boosts his own energy by taking energy from others by means of an argument, belittlement, criticism or other one-sided conversation.
.02 Someone who steals or tries to bring down your positive energy.
These Vampires can be found anywhere! In our schools (colleagues), our classrooms (students), at home (our spouses or children), at church (our pastors (I hope not!) or fellow parishioners), and the places we shop (employees and fellow shoppers). Seriously, the can be found anywhere IF you know how to spot them.
What do they look like?
What do I do if I come into contact?
Teachers always need less stress.
If you cannot avoid them, you need to take charge of the conversation. Smile and offer a bright hello followed quickly by a positive statement or question. Don’t let them start the conversation. Stay positive. Try to make them laugh. Most importantly, escape as quickly as possible!
Turning into a Vampire Teacher
I thought I was just having a hard time fitting in as I was an “outsider.” I tried everything I could to fit in and then one day I realized I was surrounded by Vampire Teachers. An entire school of them! The negativity in this place was on fire and I was slowly becoming one of them.
Every night I came home and complained. My sons are not shy. They called a family meeting and told me I had a bad attitude. I told them they had a bad attitude for daring to tell me I had one. You can see where this is going.
My husband kicked the boys out of the room and just looked at me. He just sat and waited. He has the calm quiet look that we all knows means we did something and he is just going to stare quietly at us until we figure it out. And then I cried. A lot.
I had to apologize to everyone for starting to turn into a Vampire and then I had to begin to change my ways.
The Vampire Teacher Test
Help for Recovering Vampires
I have survived and now live to tell the tale of how not to be a Vampire Teacher! The Path of Passionate Teaching is a collection of my tips, tricks, and resources for avoiding the overwhelm. It is the way to avoid burnout and to ensure that you are able to spread the joy of teaching.
Step 1: Focus on Joy. Do one thing that makes you happy each day.
Step 2: Find 1 thing to be thankful for each day. Even on the worst of days… something had to gone write somewhere. Even if it was that the Expo didn’t run out of ink during your lesson.
Step 3: Do something relaxing. Take a few deep breaths. Try it for 30 seconds and then as you can handle that… build your stamina and do more.
Stressed Teachers become Vampire teachers. There is a way to work less and live more even as a teacher.
I now average 45 hours a week teaching. I get it all done, my students are happy, and I am happy. Join our newsletter to begin paving your Path to Passionate Teaching!