Avoiding Burnout: Collect positive notes & other ideas

Nearly half of all educators leave the profession by their fifth year. This is probably why Audrey Friedman’s Burned In: Fueling the Fire to Teach was required reading at my Master of Adolescence Education program. Our instructors wanted us to be are of the problem of teacher burnout — and to actively fight against it. Beyond reading Friedman’s book, here are a few strategies that I’ve been using and that I recommend (in no particular order):

  • Join Twitter: Follow interesting teachers and thinkers; actively swap ideas or just listen in on conversations.
  • Read and apply Elena Agular’s “Ten Tips for Slowing Down
  • Join a gym — and actually go. Exercise helps to reduce anxiety and can make you feel more energized. Plus, a trip to the gym forces you to carve out time for yourself.
  • Save positive notes from parents, students, and administrators in an envelope. It’s important to improve your practice and to acknowledge your weaknesses, but it’s also important to remind yourself that your work is valuable and appreciated.
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