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Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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The end of the school year is a stressful time of year. As the temperature rises, my students' attention spans go out the window. As I make one last push for final exam preparations, they are making putting up their best defense against any form of work. The tension between what I, as the teacher, want to get done and what they, as students, are willing to do can be too frustrating to handle. What do you do to avoid burnout at the end of the year?

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Gaetan Pappalardo
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I like to set work goals for each day with my students. It could be a task oriented goal or a set amount of time for sustained effort For For kids: (Example: 30 minutes of silent reading/conferences). After the goals are set, we decide as a class what we could do after we finish the goals (reward): outside activity, board games, craft, etc... This technique changes up the day a bit, students can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and the teacher gets a concentrated block of hard work.

For Me: I try to teach my favorite subjects more often or for longer time periods. Keeps my sanity intact.

Just a few ideas.

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