are some activities and tips that you may want to try to for burnout
and for stress.
Burnout: Activities to Help
is a monstrously hard, stressful, and challenging occupation.
As a result, most teachers experience some degree of fatigue or
burnout during their careers. It
is important then for experienced teachers to regularly take steps to
are twenty simple on-the-job activities that may help with teacher
Remember, if you feel you can’t cope be
certain to seek help.
Quotes—With a few other teachers take some time after school
(preferably off campus) to share and discuss your favorite positive quote
about teachers and teaching. Don’t
allow the conversation to drift toward the burdens of teaching, school
gossip, or negativity. If you
can’t find colleagues who want to do this, collect your own list of
inspiring quotes and post them where you will see them daily.
with teachers—Either alone or
with some colleagues take a class, create a collegial circle, engage
selected Teachers on Target staff
go to see an inspiring speaker, ask fellow teachers to teach something to
a small group of colleagues, etc. Plug
new thinking into your head.
a book about teachers or teaching.
Read to gain insight into how others have kept their teaching
careers vibrant and productive. Discuss
the book with colleagues.
participating in school gossip or gripe sessions.
Gossip is counterproductive and only adds to one’s stress
on Teaching. With a small
group of colleagues or with your department take some time to reflect on
why you went into education. Look
at the big picture rather than the day-to-day hassles.
Conclude by discussing the nobility of teaching and how you and your colleagues make a
difference in the lives of children.
a mentor and/or confidant.
Find a veteran teacher who will set aside one-on-one time with you
to discuss teacher professionalism.
Work toward a high level of trust and honesty.
a best practices network or group.
When asked, many teachers are willing to share their best
Schedule a regular time where you can meet and share new and
workable professional strategies.
Subsequently try something new in your classroom.
Team teaching or shared teaching can be a viable antidote to
teacher stagnation or burnout.
Keep a private notebook handy and each day write something positive
in it about your teaching or interaction with staff.
Better yet, find a colleague who will take a minute daily to share
something positive about the events of the day.
burnout at a faculty meeting or department meeting.
Sometimes verbalizing your concerns can help.
Be certain to select a moderator who will make certain that the
discussion does not swerve to the negative.
Conclude the discussion with ideas to keep teaching alive and
a Positive characteristics list.
List the top ten things you like about your work or your teaching
style—those good things when things fall into place.
Post this list in a place where you will see them daily.
a “Stop Doing” list.
Make a list of actions that you really don’t like to do, things
that consume too much time or energy, and/or behaviors that are redundant.
Take each one and think about how you can reduce its impact, the
time and energy it takes, or how you can eliminate it all together.
In short, cut some things out.
a list of your teaching strengths
or things that you do well in the classroom and subsequently try to focus
more on them.
Review this list on a regular basis.
If you are comfortable, ask a colleague to view your teaching and
then discuss those things that went well.
or take a quiet moment for yourself.
Each working day, put everything aside for a few minutes to quiet
yourself and relax.
There are many books that can help you with this.
a regrouping walk.
During your prep time you may want to walk your school hallways for
five minutes to “depressurize” and gather your thoughts.
a resume and have it ready to go.
Use it to remind yourself that you have lots of skills, knowledge,
Ask a teacher who you admire if you may observe him or her
into your own teaching some of the strategies that you observed.
a work diary.
A daily journal of your work day may help you keep things in
You may also see a few places where you can streamline effort and
boost your energy.
humor in the workday.
At the lunch table or in the faculty lounge ask colleagues to
relate humorous teaching stories.
Laugh daily at work.
Stress: Tips to Help
educator knows how stressful teaching can be. Below
are a dozen easy on-the-job actions that teachers can do to help manage
a stress review. Make
a list of things that may be stressing you out.
It is often helpful to know exactly what is “bugging”
you. Once you know what
the issues are, you can begin to make helpful changes.
Put your work in priority order and then work on the high priority
items first. Avoid
spending a disproportionate amount of time and energy on tasks that
are less important.
Weed out those tasks and efforts that are no longer productive.
In other words, don’t keep adding to your list of
responsibilities without freeing up time by removing or reducing
what you currently do.
positive. Stress is part of teaching so don’t let it poison
your work mindset or, more importantly, your self-perception.
Simply thinking positively will help reduce stress levels.
your successes. Make
a list of your accomplishments at work.
Undoubtedly you have achieved some goals, learned new
strategies, and contributed to the learning of students and
the positive at work
active. As stress
mounts it is important to engage in some physical activity that you
enjoy: walk, swim, golf, stretch, or anything that will rev up blood
flow. At times it seems
almost impossible to “break away” for these kinds of activities,
but it is an important way to control anger, depression,
nervousness, and other manifestations of stress.
your environment. As
simple as it sounds, it is helpful to take some time to organize
your teaching environment. Clean
up your desk, file, rearrange furniture, sort, etc.
A little organization can give you a psychological boost.
out tough issues. Find
a trusted friend or colleague who you can talk to about the stress
in your work life. You
will find that most teachers experience
the same types of stressors. Try
not to dump too many stress related concerns at home.
Keep work in perspective and keep it in its proper place.
honest. If someone
is causing you disproportionate stress, talk to them; tell them how
you are feeling. If you
keep stressful things boxed inside, they may become toxic.
When things are stressful, schedule time to reflect in
solitude and quietness. This
is a good way to find perspective and subsequently manage stress.
Breaks. Don’t put
yourself on overload—force yourself to take scheduled breaks:
visit a colleague, take a short walk, have a cup of coffee away from
your desk, listen to a favorite piece of music, meditate, etc.
for clarity. On a
regular basis write down your teaching goals.
As stress builds, it is easy to lose track of what you really
want to accomplish at work. Clarity
of purpose is a solid defense against work-related stress.