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1. Surviving Teacher Burnout
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2. Misunderstanding Burnout
All these concern the teacher taking the responsibility for himself, herself; asking for the transfer, viewing the success or failure of her students in a non-offensive light. Good luck with that. I see no principals or colleagues mentioned in these recommendations. The most effective schools I've observed have been teams that really cared about the staff and were supportive. Teams and leaders willing to compromise on sharing the work, responsibility, and, if need be, the blame.
Sometimes teachers get burnout because life in total is too much; school plus other circumstances. There needs to be a 'Sunshine Committee' for those weeks and months where life is exhausting. Maybe your son or daughter is at war, an elder is dying, there is an ongoing illness or dysfunction in the family. Is there support then, for all staff, not just the core group of favorites? How terrible to be anonymous for eight hours everyday, during meetings, lunchtime, when your heart is breaking and no one at this large facility knows (or cares?) Come on, folks, we need to be there for each other. We are supposedly in the people business.
Finally, here is a check list. Teachers can use counseling, regular medical checkups, personal days, support groups. We are people helping people. It is a complex and draining job!
4. 13 Signs of Burnout and How To Help You Avoid It
Check out the entire article. Don't try to be Superman--we need Clark Kent.http://www.assessment.com/mappmembers/avoidingburnout.asp?Accnum=06-5210-010.00&gclid=CPWR-IWWxbACFccBRQodgw86rA
Here are the early warning signs. (No, Number 1 is not attacking your laptop.)
|Difficult IEP meeting?|
- Chronic fatigue - exhaustion, tiredness, a sense of being physically run down
- Anger at those making demands
- Self-criticism for putting up with the demands
- Cynicism, negativity, and irritability
- A sense of being besieged
- Exploding easily at seemingly inconsequential things
- Frequent headaches and gastrointestinal disturbances
- Weight loss or gain
- Sleeplessness and depression
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of helplessness
- Increased degree of risk taking