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Thanks alot Nicholas, this is

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Thanks alot Nicholas, this is so enlightening.
I am so glad that you shared this information with us. As teachers we need to be aware of the various factors that affect our performances. If we are aware of this, we can urgently implement corrective measures to tackle this problem.

Former educator in Fairfax County Public Schools

Wow! What a great

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Wow! What a great article.... I can relate to teacher burnout. As a tenured teacher, I experienced burnout and displayed some of the characteristics listed above. After years in the classroom, I learned that it took so much to stay inspired year after of year. I was fortunate to have seasoned educators to encourage me. For new teachers, it is so important that they have support to understand what teacher burn out really is.....

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I'm thinking that the path back from burnout is about re-engaging with staff wherever you can. Relationships are important in survival! If we can make connections whenever we can, offer our ideas, help where you can, become a resource for others, ask others for their opinion ... (in fact anything that values other staff) then in supporting other staff you are finding yourself and loving yourself in all your imperfection.
Another track back is mindfulness. Notice your feelings, don't run from them but acknowledge them, notice what they feel like and reduce some of their power. By taking back control of our bodies (stress and anxiety ridden) we take back control of our direction/future/hope. One fine book on mindfulness, and anxiety/depression is The Happiness Trap (Russ Harris).

Seventh grade reading teacher and Walden University student

Hi Monica, I am sorry you

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Hi Monica,
I am sorry you have had a difficult year. I understand exactly where you are coming from. I realized that my own struggles with burn out this year were encouraged by two things - negative colleagues and returning from maternity leave! It was really hard for me to return to work when my baby was only 3 months old especially when I was faced with grumpy teachers! I had to stop going to the faculty room during lunch because the conversation was so draining and negative. What I did instead helped some. I went for walks during my lunch period. Just taking a little bit of time to myself during the day helped. I hope this summer you are able to take some time for yourself and relax!

Second Grade Teacher

Thank You!

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I am glad to know that I am not the only one that has experienced "burn out" this past school year. I had many changes happen during the school year that I would say contributed to it. I am currently taking a class where we just discussed this topic. I went through the four signs you mentioned. I am excited that summer vacation came when it did. I tried different ways to get through the school year. I found myself taking it one day at a time. So this summer vacation I will find time to reflect to prevent from happening next school year! Thank you!

Educator, Consultant, Author

Taking care of ourselves as

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Taking care of ourselves as teachers is vital, of course! We can't be great learning facilitators if we're tired, cranky, or dispirited. Here's a suggestion I often give to teachers: If you're going to keep track of something health-related (food log, exercise chart, etc.), keep the actual recording device at school. This reinforces the idea that taking care of ourselves is a part of our work, not just something to try and squeeze in on the weekends.

Seventh grade reading teacher and Walden University student

I had not really considered

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I had not really considered the way I was feeling this year to be "burn out" but I have reconsidered. I use being the mother of three, a middle school teacher and full-time student as an excuse to work through lunch rather than eat in the faculty room, claiming, "I have so much to do and no other time to do it". Truthfully, I would rather be "Missing in Action", like you described it. With just a week left of school it is difficult to not feel drained. I find myself thinking, "I cannot do this anymore, not even one more week!" And yes, I find myself complaining more lately, also. "The Spark" you describe is not there for me, as it usually is. In previous years I have felt the end of the year was bitter-sweet. On the one hand,summer vacation is exciting! But on the other hand, I was sad to see my students go as I would miss them. This year, there is only one hand and it is thrilled for summer vacation!

I look forward to reading your tips for combating "burn out". I also agree with what Catherine O'Brien said in her reply, "I think it is important to send the message that taking care of oneself is vital", and I like her suggestions of reading a book, getting a massage and starting a physical activity plan.

"Burn out" is one of the topics we recently discussed in the course I am taking. I read the following, and thought it was worth sharing: "A support system that offers nurturance, compassion, understanding and direction is the single most important thing that you can do to keep yourself energized and to prevent rustout." (Kottler, J. A., Zehm, S. J., & Kottler, E. (2005). On being a teacher: The human dimension (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. )

Thank you.

Lecturer from South America

Thanks alot Nicholas, this is

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Thanks alot Nicholas, this is so enlightening.
I am so glad that you shared this information with us. As teachers we need to be aware of the various factors that affect our performances. If we are aware of this, we can urgently implement corrective measures to tackle this problem. Eventually, we will see changes in our personal and professional relationships. Right now I am experiencing some tiring days because the second semester ended on Friday and the third one begins next Monday. I will not get any recuperation time because I am currently marking examination scripts. I look forward to your next post as a form of motivation because I don't intend to fall prey to burnout of any form.

Second Grade Teacher

Thanks Nick

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When a teacher loses The Spark it is the saddest thing to witness. They do need support and encouragement from colleagues. This you should always be aware of some of the signs mentioned in your blog. Teaching is not an easy job, but it is even worst when you lose The Spark.

Passionately dedicated to pastoral education

Hey Nick, thanks. I honour

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Hey Nick, thanks. I honour you for your courage, and for your determination to continue walking the path and sharing your insights/lessons as you. I'll support you from afar, and look forward to reading alongside you man.

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