The Parent-Teacher-Child Connection: What to do about teacher burnout

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What to do about teacher burnout

If you're feeling overwhelmed and burned out, putting in long hours without seeming to get ahead, becoming irritable with your students, then there are things that you need to do to take care of yourself. Here are a few suggestions...
The paragraph above and the list below came from another website.  The bolded comments are mine, as observations about whether they would work!
  • Enroll in a fun workshop, seminar, conference, or personal, non-teaching interest. In other words, get a hobby!
  • Change teaching grade assignments in the school. Right - a whole new set of curriculum guidelines is sure to relieve stress!
  • Change schools. Easier said than done, folks!
  • Go into a different teaching role such as resource, administration. At a reduced pay grade for the resource and even more stress for the admin!
  • Take on a new task such as a school or district committee. Whoopie!  More things for the overworked teacher to do!
  • Take up swimming, jogging, walking, rowing, cycling.  That's more like it - get those endorphins swimming around your blood stream!
  • Get more sleep.  Again, easier said than done if you have children and a household to run in addition to your day job.
  • Use deep breathing, meditation techniques, music to relax.  Another excellent suggestion!
  • Cultivate allies among students, staff, and parents.  Yes!  Misery loves company!
  • Find friends outside of teaching.  You'll definitely have different topics of conversation this way!
  • Go to out-of-town conferences.  And who's going to pay for this??
  • Collect and mount motivational posters in your classroom. Provided you have time to do this in addition to planning, grades, conferences, etc. etc. etc.!
  • Take a vacation, a week-end getaway, or go to a spa retreat.  On a teacher's salary?  Get real!
  • Be flexible, or you'll be permanently bent out of shape.  Excellent suggestion and funny metaphor!
  • Join a charitable volunteer group.  My favorite suggestion - when you're thinking about someone else, you don't have time to worry about yourself.
  • · Get a pet (rabbit, cat, dog...).  Unless you have allergies!
Happy Teaching!

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