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Ed.D student in Higher Education and Adult Learning

Nicholas, I know that novice

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I know that novice teachers can become a bit overwhelmed throughout the school year and can sometimes experience burnout a lot sooner than most. What are some strategies that could be used to keep novice teachers inspired within their school environment?

Consider me a community builder--a nurturer of learning communities.

Sometimes I think we get so

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Sometimes I think we get so work-oriented that we forget "to smell the roses." Sometimes that means planting the roses ourselves and allowing some free time just to be with people we value. It's amazing to me that brainstorming comes more powerfully in de-stressed time. It seems a natural thing to plan easy together time just to visit--even if it is to check on personal matters and interests. What if we lived more holistically in the school house and took care of one another like we take care of our students? What if we slowed the pace and took the tension off our faces to enjoy what we share together? How much richer we could be!

Private University Lecturer and Masters Degree Student

Burnout can be a tricky thing

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Burnout can be a tricky thing to diagnose. A friend and co-worker was going through burnout and I, as his supervisor, didn't recognize it until it was too late and he was on his way out of the school. Education about symptoms and then addressing the person in a supportive, non-judgmental way (even surreptitiously helping or encouraging them) could go a long way to help those who may only be at the start of the burn and save a good teacher or two from doing things that can hurt their careers and the students they are responsible for educating.

K-5 Technology Teacher in Fort Mill, SC

One book that helped me that

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One book that helped me that I have shared with fellow colleagues is Angela Watson's Awakened. Easy read that I was able to connect with.

Nicolas, Thank you for your

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Thank you for your post! As I read your post on teacher burnout I was reminded of this scripture from the Bible: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair (2 Corinthians 4:8, NIV).” Yes, we can experience a number of emotions in education and it can be overwhelming!

I’ve seen a number of burnout examples along the way and they range on a scale of 1 to 10+++, from simple to hard pressed. Once a teacher was so stressed that blood vessels were bursting in his eyes due to an awful backlash by students and parents that were unhappy because of the language barrier that was making it difficult for the students to pass the class. I prayed for that teacher for Christ sake and his sake!

Lord have mercy on us all and He does! We’re still breathing to share the blogs : )

Associate Content Marketing Manager, Education at Exinda

Very important and brave post

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Very important and brave post to make, Nicholas. What are some ways that teachers can combat this burn-out?

Dear Nicholas, as much as I

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Dear Nicholas, as much as I appreciate your article I have been going through teacher burnout. What it got me was placed on administrative leave with pay as I was labeled the "Next Newtown Shooter". I had detectives investigate me, had to pass a forensic psychiatric examination to even have a chance to go back to teaching.

This is all due to my talking to colleagues about my burn-out and some past experiences that were causing me grief.

Thanks but no thanks. For those who want to talk to colleagues be careful of what you say. Mark

Teacher, Writer, and Artist


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I wish I could have talked to Lamar’s parents before they got all squirmy and made him, but having a parent-teacher conference this morning works okay, too.

Come to find out, Lamar’s mother doesn’t have asps for hair, fangs for teeth, claws for hands, hooves for feet, or yellow eyes. She pretty much gave us the lowdown, in the calmest and most articulate tones, on Lamar from birth to today. She wasn’t Jerry Springer material at all. She was about as far away from being on the Jerry Springer Show as Margaret Thatcher. Anyhow, after her remarks, I took in a deep breath and thanked whatever god Lamar worships for getting him this far. I don’t know why Lamar’s dad wasn’t there. Maybe he was home hiding in a closet.

Once Mr. Squirm the science teacher butted in there was no subtle, or even obvious, gesture we made that would make him shut up, so we ended the meeting with Mr. Squirm still talking as we all stood up and walked out of Mr. Warbird’s classroom. I was one of three other teachers ready to talk to Lamar’s mother and start a plan to help Lamar get better and be happier. We never had a chance. Plus, Mr. Squirm’s got a weird voice and he wears dumb shoes.

While Mr. Squirm was walking away … through the commons room in his dumb shoes … telling Lamar’s mother how long he’s been teaching and how he’s working so diligently to apply all of his incredible knowledge of behavior and emotion management into the head of Lamar, Mr. Warbird said Mr. Squirm sure does know how to high jack a parent-teacher conference so nothing really gets done, doesn’t he?

Miss Velvet said he sure does.

Mrs. Yinyang said he sure does.

I said he sure as heck does.

Then we went to our classrooms and started our day, without having gotten anything done in the important last hour of our lives. I thought if there’s a time, however rare, that a teacher can disrupt the flow of goodness rather than the Satan-possessed kid we’re there to help, it was the important last hour of our lives. Good manners ain’t science … rocket or otherwise.

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