10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout
“What attracted me to the field of education?” Burnout is something that affects each and every one of us, sometimes on a daily basis and, in my case, particularly after fourth period. The vast majority of the time, we are able to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and return to the drawing board in order to try out a different method in order to achieve success with the learning of our students. I have to be honest and say that it is becoming progressively more challenging to get to the point where I am willing to give something else another shot. I can’t help but feel that today’s students are more challenging than they were even a few years ago, and that the constraints brought on by accountability are growing more onerous. And naturally, the compensation that is given to teachers is not sufficient. After considering everything, the question arises: Is it really worth it?
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In lieu of providing a list of things to steer clear of, I would like to take a more proactive approach by sharing items that can assist minimise feelings of burnout and enable you answer “yes, it is worth it.”
STEP #1) HAVE FUN DAILY WITH YOUR STUDENTS
Discuss various amusing topics such as jokes, short stories, puzzles, and other challenging topics. This ensures that both you and your pupils continue to find it fascinating. It will only take a minute of your time, and it will be simple to relate them to the theme of the day.
2) TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH; THIS IS THE SECOND STEP
Because the condition of your body has an effect on the emotional responses you experience, you should never feel guilty about taking care of yourself physically. Skipping either breakfast or lunch is a poor decision. Be careful to obtain a sufficient amount of sleep each night. When you arrive home, give yourself a little power nap to help you recharge. If you want your step to have more pep, you may consider upgrading your footwear. I used to believe that being a teacher kept me active enough that I did not require exercise; but, I have since recognised that in addition to lower body and aerobic exercise, I also require upper body exercise. Using a treadmill for thirty minutes, twice a week, will provide remarkable results. You can improve your abdominal muscles, your back, and your arms by doing simple pushups. You will be pleasantly surprised by how much of a contribution it makes to preventing you from feeling exhausted at the end of the day.
3. Acquire some new knowledge and discuss it with your students. This is the third step.
Read a fascinating book, whether it’s about schooling or something completely else. The book by Amanda Ripley titled The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got that Way is what I’ve been reading recently. Because it keeps my attention and has some bearing on teaching, I don’t feel bad about deviating from my normal routine of preparing lessons and marking papers. Read a classic that has been on your reading list for a long time but that you just haven’t gotten around to yet. If you go to iUniversity or watch a TED Talk, you should be able to discover something intriguing to learn about brain research. At least, that’s the kind of thing I like to investigate.
4. PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO ANOTHER INSTRUCTOR
Discuss your inspiring encounters with others in your community or online. That is always a possibility with Edutopia. If you take the time to react to a blog, you might be amazed at how many people actually do respond. Create your own motivational blog to assist teachers who are just starting out or who are very close to burning out. Participate actively in the activities of your professional association by offering your services as a volunteer instructor, workshop facilitator, or workshop organiser. Whether formally or informally, serve as a mentor to another educator. We could all use as much assistance as we can get our hands on.
STEP #5) MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY
Make a phone call to a parent and compliment them on how well their child is doing in school. Locate a kid who is having difficulty and give that them an honest compliment on anything that they are doing well. You can express your appreciation to a fellow educator or an administration by writing them a message of thanks, giving them a hug, or offering them a token of appreciation in some other way.
STEP #6) LIGHTEN UP
Grin (it’s after Christmas, and it’s okay to laugh at yourself). Try smiling at yourself in the mirror while putting on a fake smile, and then see how it feels to not smile at all. It is extremely unlikely to occur. So even if you don’t feel like it, force a smile on your face. When you walk up to the door to meet your kids and smile at them, a miracle will take place: they will smile right back at you.
STEP #7) BE A SCIENTIST
Try out some unconventional tactics and hone your skills in order to succeed. Make your kids a part of the solution. Conduct the study with a control group as well as an experimental group. Keep a record of your findings and present them at a faculty gathering or a professional conference. Celebrate achievement.
8th STEP: STRIVE TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THINGS
Even in the employee break room, you should strive to be a voice for positive thought. You won’t be able to change the circumstances, but it will make you feel better, and it may also elevate the spirits of those around you. Although it’s not easy, being a teacher has its upsides. It’s not nearly as interesting to look at a glass that’s half empty as it is to look at one that’s half full.
STEP #9) REDECORATE
Make some adjustments to the lighting, as well as the placement of the desks and the bulletin boards. You might choose to use some of your favourite scents, or you can go out and try some new ones. I came across a few that caught my attention, like rhubarb, teak wood, and Hawaiian wind (usually spray, or solid.) Confirm the rules on the use of plug-in oil or scented wax warmers with your school administration.
TENTH STEP: HAVE MORE FAITH IN STUDENTS
Make it clear to the kids that you want to place a greater level of faith in them, and provide them with multiple opportunities to do so. Experiment with some learning based on projects. Build robust rubrics, make sure students have access to them, and then step back and let them learn as you facilitate and coach.
CHANGING THE OUTCOME OF THINGS
Because of all the (right, I’ll say it) “crap” that teachers have to put up with, it may appear that it is simpler to fall into the trap of pessimism and negativity, but we do not have to make this our option. We have a choice to make. We have the power to select our mindset, and making the decision to take preventative measures, such as those I’ve outlined above, will go a long way toward assisting us in maintaining our sanity and warding off burnout. What helps you keep plugging away? If you have anything to add, please do so in the comments box below.