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Family and Consumer Science and Read 180 High School Teacher

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I enjoyed reading this blog very much. I am currently pursuing a MSED, and a few weeks ago we examined teacher burnout. I "assumed" that this blog would have similar information, and I almost did not read it, but I decided to compare and contrast for fun. As I read through your blog, it immediately captured my attention because I feel like your eight ways to prevent burnout are a bit more specific than the ideas offered through the class that I am taking. I am also newly pregnant with my first child and breastfeeding is important to me. I have already had mild anxiety about when I will find the time and place to express milk during school hours. I was so delightfully surprised to see some of my very specific concerns being addressed through this blog. This is my first time blogging, but I will explore and blog more often. I feel that I could really learn a lot from others. Thank you Katy!

Jamie

Teacher,Georgia

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I really enjoyed reading your blog. I have only been teaching at my current school a few years and I have seen first-hand a few teachers leave the teaching profession because of burnout. It can be quite challenging to find a balance between work and family life. I think it is important to remember that we are only human; we can only absorb so much before burnout sets in. I think that you have some wonderful ideas on ways to prevent burnout. We need to set a side time to focus on ourselves.

2nd grade teacher

Great Ideas!

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Katy,
I really enjoyed reading your blog. I have only been teaching for three years and I can feel that many of my colleagues are burnt out or have just had enough of the way things are. Some of that has been rubbing off on me and I need to make sure it doesn’t take me down the road to burnout. However my school does have some things in place to help prevent teacher burnout. One thing that my school has been doing that goes along with your number two is having monthly birthday celebrations. Each grade level or school group is in charge of a month (sometimes two) and they bring birthday treats to celebrate everyone who has a birthday in that month. It is great for everyone because there are yummy treats and we get to celebrate birthdays. Another thing my school has is a social committee. Each year school faculty contributes money and the committee uses that money to provide treats for yearly parties and flowers for those in need. Thanks for sharing your ideas and tips!

Sixth Grade Teacher, Author, and Blogger

thank you!

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I'm glad you enjoyed the post and I hope the book will be helpful to you and your colleagues.

Sixth Grade Teacher, Author, and Blogger

absolutely!

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Mostly I am commenting on finding the time and place to express milk in schools which is currently very challenging for many new mamas. But you are right, new fathers need support has well!

Katy

Sixth Grade Teacher, Author, and Blogger

great idea!

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Hi Sacha,

I love your idea of an inspiration board! I think every teacher's room (um, who has time to lounge?) should have one. I think I may take over one of the boring and very unread bulletin boards in ours.

Thanks for commenting and sharing that stellar idea!

Katy

High School Math Teacher and Instructional Coach

although very different ...

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Supporting new fathers is crucial as well.

Teacher and mother of three children

Fantastic ideas, Katy! With

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Fantastic ideas, Katy! With the seemingly incessant flow of things to do and keep track of, most teachers do tend to forget that we also have our limits. I agree with the other readers here that we teachers must take care of ourselves in order for us to perform well on the job.

I firmly advocate life/work balance in my team, and I'm happy to see that we're already doing a couple of things listed here. One thing I would like to add to these great suggestions is our team's "feel-good" board. We set up a corkboard in one part of the room, where we post anything and everything that reminds us why we chose to become teachers. Newspaper clippings of inspirational teacher stories, a particularly funny classroom joke, or heartwarming letters from our students find their way to the board.

Sacha
http://luria-learning.blogspot.com/

Career College Instructor - Chesapeake, VA

I currently work at a

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I currently work at a for-profit college and burn out is common in my industry. Teacher turn over is high and I frequently run into new faces as I have been teaching adults for five years. I receive little pay and I am expected to work miracles for students who seek careers. Overall, the job is rewarding but requires "pouring out" to the student and making sure they attend classes. If I cannot "keep the student", I could possibly lose my job for missing quarterly goals. This is where the burn out occurs. Some students have a real desire to attend classes, while others may have been court ordered and don't care.
I believe in education and I know it breeds opportunity. I am a life changer. My skills are very valuable, and just as precious as my students. I cannot perform well if I am not taken care of, my students are affected. All teachers need the proper support and resources in order to do the job. So I say thank you Katy for your creativity, I will be sure to check out your book and share it with my peers!

I will definitely be reading

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I will definitely be reading the book as well as your blog.
Thanks.

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