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Thank you for the insight! I

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Thank you for the insight! I am currently working on my masters in education, we have been discussing teacher burnout. These points are helpful to understand what is happening and how we can respond to what we are feeling. I especially enjoyed reading your comments on physical activity. I recently trained for and ran a half marathon mainly to help burn off stresses of life, but the goal setting was motivating for me. When I started teaching I worked towards a 5k, then 10, then quarter marathon, and finally a half marathon. I guess I unintentionally was doing what you suggest!

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Interesting article. I am particularly interested in teacher burnout and find the suggestions for rewiring the brain useful, but I wonder, the thought patterns that lead to burnout are reflective of the kind of thinking that has been ingrained over a long period of time. Will the suggested activities ever fill the gap to the point that it could erase the damage caused by thought patterns that created burnout?

AIG Teacher, NC

R Conley Smith

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Selena - I agree, I think daily rountines which balance work and pleasure are the way to go. I feel like many of us now live to work, not work to live. My career is one small facet of who I am. I think to be a good teacher, we need to model balance for our students as well.

AIG Teacher, NC

R Conley Smith

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Selena - I agree, I think daily rountines which balance work and pleasure are the way to go. I feel like many of us now live to work, not work to live. My career is one small facet of who I am. I think to be a good teacher, we need to model balance for our students as well.

Former High School Engineering Teacher now Author and EdD

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Educators,
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Rob

I wonder if we use the video

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I wonder if we use the video game model heavily will we weaken the ability to persist on a problem without frequent rewards?

I personally find most video games boring because after the initial learning levels the continued frequency of rewards actually becomes a turn off.

How do we teach students to find the working on a problem is its own reward?

Educator

Take a break before you burnout!

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These are great points to consider and have in our aresenal to help deal. I wonder how sustainable our life model is though where we routinely expect to deal with burnout. Rests for our brain and our body should be built in to every day, and possibly every hour. This allows us to function for longer and makes our time working more efficient. We can keep going because we know we have a beneficial break.

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