Teacher Pep Talk For Dealing with Unrealistic Expectations and Feeling Like It's Never "Enough" (Ep. 18)

Sep 20, 2022

If you are a teacher, my guess is that you have dealt with unrealistic expectations from administration, colleagues, parents, students, and even dare I say...from yourself.  This is one of the things teachers tell me all the time about their stress levels - that there are these expectations put on them to do it all.  The truth is: we can't do it all.  No one can.  In this episode, I am going to talk about some times where unrealistic expectations may show up for you, the top 5 ways to handle it, and then bring you a pep talk for the next time you're in that situation again.  So make sure you stick around until the end because you're not going to want to miss that part!

These pep talk style episodes are my attempt to create a more authentic way for you to connect with me, for you to feel like you have support on your hardest days (even if and ESPECIALLY if you don't have that in your community or schools).   I also created this style in an effort to show you that you are not alone.  We are in this together and YOU ARE a RESILIENT TEACHER!




  • Teacher Community Shout Out of the Week
  • What motivated me to talk about this topic (3:40)
  • You're not alone - I experienced this, too (4:00)
  • 4 ways Unrealistic Expectations can show up in teaching (7:03)
  • The top 5 ways we can handle unrealistic expectations (10:34)
  • How to navigate our personal unrealistic expectations of ourselves (15:22)
  • Motivation to let those things go and make the change (16:54)
  • Reminders for you as you navigate this. (18:22)







The Resilient Teacher Podcast is the show that will give overwhelmed educators the support, tools, and mindset to reduce teacher burnout and keep teaching sustainable. Each week, Brittany Blackwell, M.Ed. & her guests will share inspiration and actionable steps to avoid or recover from the dreaded teacher burnout. You'll be inspired to individualize self-care and learn to prioritize your well-being and mental health, all while making a bigger impact on your classrooms and community. 

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