Teacher Burnout

Melissa - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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School starts next week and I am already dreading going back. Last year was a struggle to get through and I am not very enthusiastic about this year. Even looking at school supplies does not get me excited like it used too!!! Any suggestions on dealing with burn out?

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Holly - posted on 10/31/2009

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I do the same thing! Mine is definately from guilt and not necessarily the job. But I look at my husband and he works all year long and on holidays (if they fall during the week), then I realize how lucky I am to have a job that I can spend time with my kids.

Lori - posted on 10/24/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

I have been teaching for 11 years. I think Erica is right, I have no me time. I go from work, to picking up my 2 and 3 year old. The only time I have for myself is my commute, which is usually spent irritated with other drivers. Hopefully once the school year starts I will feel better about the year, and I will try and fit some time in for me.



Your me time is the commute.  Turn that into your spiritual rejuvination time.  Put on the music you like, listen to the type of talk radio you like, and just enjoy the beautiful details of nature.  A flower, A tree, the sun, and etc.  I have been at it for 13 years.  I have felt the way you feel.  Your small children are most important, so really try to make the commute from school to them as your breathing time.  Concentrate on just slowing your pulse down, and relaxing.  If you have to find a different route from work to see different views.  I drive through neighbor hoods at times just to see the flowers that I would miss on the expressway.  it does get easir as they get older., but it is hard for the meantime.  Oh and take a mental health day every now and then.  Don't feel guilty to have a long weekend, or take off when they are sick.  You need it.  Being a Mom is more important thatn being a teacher.  If your school is not supportive of your needs as Mom, change schools.  I did and it made a world of difference.

Jessica - posted on 10/14/2009

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remember why you started teaching in the first place. what made you feel that this career was for you? If you are in the first five years of your teaching career this is a common feeling. Maybe you could revamp your lessons to make you more excited.

Sadie - posted on 09/13/2009

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I also switched from 1st grade to 6th grade (not by choice) and am soooo stressed out!! My son is only 9 weeks old and he is my first. I know that as he gets older it will get easier, but I am using up all my "fun" with my students and I feel awful for not being a more active mom!! Thank GOD I have a WONDERFUL husband who has really stepped up, but I feel today (on the 10th day of school) like I usually feel right before Christmas break!! I already need a vacation from my classroom!

Melissa - posted on 08/23/2009

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I have been teaching for 11 years. I think Erica is right, I have no me time. I go from work, to picking up my 2 and 3 year old. The only time I have for myself is my commute, which is usually spent irritated with other drivers. Hopefully once the school year starts I will feel better about the year, and I will try and fit some time in for me.

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How long have you been teaching? Do you have any support at your site? Many times the 1-5ish years are the toughest as it takes that long, or longer to really get the experience and knowledge you need to know how to truly teach. Also, without academic and emotional support from your staff you can get "lost" along the way.



Look to the students for your inspiration as usually many need a loving and supportive teacher as they may not have that at home.



Believe that you have something positive to share even if it's just a smile and knowing their name....Suzan

Erica - posted on 08/22/2009

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Be sure to take some time out for yourself. I am just as guilty as the next, but I've learned that if I give myself some "me" time I feel better. While my own kids and my school kids are important to me, I need to be important too because they need me.

Melissa - posted on 08/22/2009

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I agree that it's hard to leave your kids, and that could be where the burnout is coming from. I dread going back to school each year, but I know that we have the best work schedule in the world. If you worked another job, Christmas break, Spring Break, and summer breaks would be non-existent. During those breaks, put your school work away, play hard and get school out of your mind. That helps.

Marilyn - posted on 08/18/2009

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Melissa, I don't know if this helps, but when I first started teaching I was really excited, then I had children and I focused on them, but still did a good job teaching. Now my children are 10 and 12 and I am getting excited about work again. I think being a mom of small children is A LOT of work and our minds are more focused on them than work ( as it should be). But, the cycle of enthusiasm returned for me and hopefully it will for you too. Your children are only young once, enjoy them!



Marilyn

Mary - posted on 08/17/2009

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I just think of each year as a new start, a new beginning. I don't dwell on the previous year, except to use it to improve the upcoming one. Look at this new year as a chance to start over.

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