Teacher burnout is real, it happens to more teachers than you think, and you can recover. Teacher burnout is deep-seated emotional and/or physical exhaustion brought on by excessive work, stress, and difficult conditions. Sound familiar? I need you to know that burnout is not a dirty word and there is nothing wrong with you.
I also need you to know that you need to ignore anyone that tells you burnout means you aren’t fit to be in the classroom. A quick Google search will bring up a lot of haters, people who believe burnout only happens to those of us that are weak or don’t love children, and that we can’t bounce back. This is a lie.
The decision to leave the classroom is one you can think about after trying some of these strategies and giving it careful consideration. Give yourself grace, the same grace you give your students, and keep your options open.
We all feel burned out at some point. I consistently feel it right before Thanksgiving break and at the end of the school year. I still do a great job teaching during these time periods each year. However, if your burnout is lasting weeks or months, it might not disappear with the onset of a holiday break. This post is full of ways that I have dealt with and come back from burnout.
Now that you have realized you are feeling burned out, it’s time to dig a little deeper into those feelings. Maybe your burnout is a constant cloud hanging over you, maybe it has ups and downs, maybe it’s related to certain types of lessons or interactions at school. The best thing you can do is find out more about your teacher burnout. [Read more…]