Submitted by Rebecca De Leon on Thu, 11/05/2020 - 14:04
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5 Proven Tools To Avoid Teacher Burnout

 

Teachers have faced an incredible amount of uphill climbs this year and it’s only November! In a noble profession that tries to put the student’s learning first, there are so many other factors that come into play to meet that priority. From access to technology at home to making sure they are safe due to COVID, teachers are juggling a lot of glass balls. The change in season brings less daylight, decreasing the amount of vitamin D intake, and impacting fatigue and the immune system. The academic cycle is also hitting its first rough patch; energy is beginning to wane and challenges in the classroom have begun to surface. This might cause some mid-year resignation, causing more instability in the school dynamic for those teachers that remain. In this post, we’ll provide 5 tools to help teachers avoid burnout. 

 

5 Proven Tools To Avoid Teacher Burnout

Before this season gets the best of effective teachers, let’s take a look at a handful of ways to help avoid burnout, shared by new and experienced teachers in the field! 

  1. Ask for help!

Don’t suffer in silence. Chances are the teacher next door are feeling overwhelmed too. Find a teacher friend that can both keep you accountable but that you can also vent to when things go wrong or are just crazy. Someone that you can be vulnerable with, that also knows you are not going to have it together 100% of the time.

  1. Try Again Tomorrow

Sometimes the students aren’t going to grasp a concept or technology will fail you and you’ll feel like the lesson is a failure. Stop, take a breath, and try again tomorrow. Just like you would give a student grace to try again, give yourself the same grace when things don’t go as planned.

  1. Take Some Time For Yourself

Your weekends aren’t just lesson planning and prepping. A healthy teacher is going to be more beneficial to your students than you know. Get outdoors and find a hobby you love to decompress! Also taking time to practice self-care. You are only as good to others as you are to yourself. If you are not taking the time to care for your personal health you will be more likely to feel fatigued and experience burnout. Make sure that you are focusing daily on good eating and exercise habits that will help you to improve your mind, body, and spirit and will ultimately help you to get better rest and improve your overall mood. 

  1. Set Goals 

Teachers tend to take care of others first and leave little time for themselves let alone time to sit down and write out specific personal and professional goals that will lead to growth, but an important thing to remember is that goal setting is a vital process that will help you to focus on your priorities and help you to avoid burnout. When you set goals it will help you to manage your priorities. it’s important to strive for growth and progression. Setting goals may seem like a challenge in itself; however, it doesn't have to be. Start small and think about what you want to achieve and make sure that even your ambitious goal is attainable, realistic, measurable, and most importantly your own. When you do this, it will be much easier to manage your time and your goal without feeling overwhelmed. When you achieve your set goal make sure you take the time to celebrate your accomplishment. 

  1. Practice Time Management. 

This has been the hardest thing for most teachers.  With all of the things teachers have on their plate, it might not seem like there are enough hours in the day.  It’s easy to pour yourself into a lesson or project and lose sight and track of all time. By the time you realize it, you’ve spent hours out of your day when you originally only intended to spend 15 minutes. Life happens and things take you off your focus or you invest more time than you originally thought necessary. If this sounds like you then perhaps taking the time to research some time management techniques can assist you to avoid becoming overwhelmed by your never-ending to-do list. Goal setting as mentioned above can be a big help. When you start with the end in mind you will be able to better prioritize your time. Invest in the use of a time tracker to help you track where you are spending your time and how you are spending your time. Of course, you want to be a great teacher, but sometimes you also want to make sure that you have a good work-life balance and that will take time to practice and develop healthy habits to help you focus on the most important things. 

 

In reality, when a teacher experiences burnout, it will eventually have an impact on students and the school as a whole. Burnout actually is a huge contributor to many great teachers leaving their profession. Many of whom love to teach and feel that their purpose in life is to teach.  When great teachers leave, not only do the students lose their great teacher, but it also places additional strain on their coworkers and the District as they are scrambling to pick up the extra work while they seek a replacement for the classroom.  

If the burned-out teacher stays on and doesn’t find a way to alleviate their source of burnout they will continue to hurt the students because more than likely they will not perform as effectively in their role.  They will not be 100% in and can potentially project an unintentional negative attitude. The strategies mentioned above are not intended as a remedy for 100% of the circumstances involved with teacher burnout. In fact, it may just be scratching the surface. However, if you take the time to evaluate where you are with the symptoms of burnout you may find that some of these strategies will help you. If you feel like you may be experiencing burnout, what are you willing to do about it so that you can get back on track? If your burnout can not be helped by the 5 tips listed above then please be encouraged to do some additional research or reach out to us for some additional tips.

 

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