This four-minute fictional video shows month by month how burnout leads one new teacher to leave the profession after her first year. You see her start the year excited and then you watch as she becomes weary, stressed, frustrated, and finally giving up. The last third of the YouTube provides commentary on burnout and explains how the www.FuelEdSchools.com mission can help.
From the same blog as above (teachthought.com), this article contains the best collection of tips I found in searching the web. Each suggestion includes a one-paragraph explanation of why the tip works. Most suggestions, like “Monitor Your Feelings”, “Slow Down” and “Have Lunch with a Friend”, are simply common sense; however, by definition a teacher approaching burn-out is not taking time to stop and think and, forgive me for saying it, act rationally.
This attention-getting title is on a blog page that reports getting over 70,000 social shares on a previous blog post entitled “Why Good Teachers Quit.” A teacher on the verge of burnout will be attracted to and identify with the touch of sarcasm in the title.
Although not free, this assessment would be a valuable tool for administrators. Average completion time is 10 to 15 minutes. Scores provide an assessment of burnout and discussion of the nature of burnout so that effective interventions can be designed. The danger of burnout hovers over every school, but especially so in some. It makes sense to address it head-on. Merely giving the test to teachers shows them that administration cares. Teachers are as human as their students.
This blog page is, I believe, a must-read for every teacher. Blogger, Dr. Maurice Elias, summarizes case study research used to identify the most likely causes of teacher burnout. (The book on which this summary is based is “Beyond Burnout” by Cary Chemiss.) The concise summary includes an 11-question self test, the results of which, the blogger cautions, should be interpreted with common sense. For an assessment, that is validated, see the link below for “The Maslach Burnout Inventory”.
These 10 simple tips (e.g., “Leave it at the door”, and “Don’t sweat the small stuff”) are commonsensical but so easy to forget in the press of any teacher’s daily demands. Incorporating these tips into your mindset and daily habits might take genuine effort but they are excellent preventive measures that every teacher should take.
Did you know that nearly half of all teachers leave within five years? This informative article provides an excellent introduction to the subject. The author uses personal stories to illustrate the main issues that lead to teacher burnout. Some possible solutions are presented as well.