this time of the year is when we start to feel it.. “Burn-Out SEASON” I have
been blessed this past year to work hourly… and even so I feel it this time of
the year. I do not know if it is the great weather that we start to feel in the
FALL- we would prefer being outside? Or if it is all the long hours and hard
work that just catches up with us? Countless hours are spent outside of
teaching [planning, grading, conferences, meetings, IEP meeting, ARIP meetings,
SPED meeting, liaison meetings, meetings, meetings, oh did I mention
meetings?]. Who knows, but I do know that we start to feel the burn- out, the
desire to just give up! Most teachers have a life outside of the classroom,
most of us help manage a household. We are supermoms, super-dads,
super-grandparents, super-aunts, super-people! We try to do everything, and be
the best at everything, and it just catches up. It gets to the point that this
is the time of the year that substitutes phones are ringing off the hook! Yup,
either our immune systems get sick or we just need those MENTAL HEALTH DAYS!
Right? Who is with me?
had with a close teacher friend of mine.
work? Are you feeling better?
Chantel: Hey girl, it’s going… I am just
exhausted. Ugh, I need a break
your new job?
my team. It is just the whole thing. I cannot even start explaining. I am
having the toughest class this year. I get to school every morning at 6:30am
and leave every day at 6:45ish. By the time I get home I eat junk and just want
to hop to bed. It is getting bad. I am so moody.
need to just leave, do not worry if you do not finish what you are working on,
just leave. Can you do that?
have after school meetings, and I have so many kids that need modified work, or
I am responding to emails, grading, prepping. If I do not catch up I get so
behind and it is just hard. I wish I could TEACH! Teaching is fun, it is all
remember: THIS IS A JOB, THIS IS NOT YOUR LIFE! You will stop loving it, if you
keep doing this.
with so many teacher friends. So what can we do to help? How can this change? I
will tell you, the paperwork, meetings, the grading will not go away. So you
need to come up with a system. You need to change your mindset. You need to
remember- this is a JOB! As much as you lobe teaching, it cannot consume you.
You will BURN OUT. You need to take time for yourself. Here are a few
I used that might help you…
everything needs to be Graded. Yes, you can stamp it, place a sticker, and send
early in the week for the next week. Start planning on Tuesday so it gives you
use the first
week. So on Friday I had
to do was write it out.
your time Wisely at work. I arrived 45 minutes before my students arrived.
set time! If it is not complete, leave it! It will get done tomorrow!
to never compare yourself to anyone else! YOU are YOU, and YOU rock.
to take a day off to RECOUP! It is called a MENTAL HEALTH DAY! Do not
you LOVE it and want to be the Best. But you can only be the best when you feel
your best and take care of yourself. You are amazing, teaching is hard! Thank
you for your hardwork! I
wanted to leave you with a FEW fun Posters to HELP YOU! You can display them!
The ultimate thing is just enjoy being a teacher and if you ever need anything,
reach out for help, I am here, and many more of us! We are going through it,
too and sometimes we just need a BIG shoulder!