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Teacher burnout is hitting an all-time high. Why?
What makes teaching so hard?
According to a new Gallop poll, more educators are suffering from burnout. In fact, 52% of polled teachers reported feeling consistently burned out. Personally, I believe that number to be even higher. Why are so many teachers overwhelmed and leaving the profession?
For years, the field of education has been disproportionately overwhelming. Recently, however, the problem has been exacerbated. Teachers are experiencing burnout in record number due to the following factors:
These are the typical reasons for teacher burnout.
Low Pay for a College Educated Professional
Lack of Parental Involvement
Social and Economic Disadvantages
Lack of Respect for the Industry
These most recent sets of conditions have added to the problem.
Student Trauma and Mental Health Challenges
Involvement of Politics
How can teachers avoid burnout?
Many teachers are choosing to leave the profession. This does a disservice to our nation's children. If you are in a position of leadership, please consider making the following changes in education:
Increase Teacher Pay
Decrease Teacher Workload
Provide Incentives for Longevity
Improve Mentorship Programs
Provide Mental Health Services
However, if you are a quality educator hoping to stay in the field, these solutions may be out of your control. Still, there are steps you can take to protect your mental health and avoid burnout.
Here is everything you need to know about avoiding burnout:
We are Teachers had some great advice about making mindfulness and self-care a part of your daily routine.
Edutopia claims that having fun is just as important for the teacher as it is the students.
Teach Thought admits that technology has made teachers more accessible. To combat that, set hours when you can be contacted and when you cannot. Defend your home time.
Use Your Days
Do not allow being overwhelmed and stressed to become your normal. If work is negatively impacting your physical or mental health, take a sick day! You do not have to be vomiting or running a fever to prioritize your health.
Don't Do it All
You cannot do everything. Learn to say no to extra duties. Allow others to do things for you. Instead of creating all of your instructional materials, utilize resources like Teachers Pay Teachers to make your life a little easier.
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