Caution… Teacher Burnout Ahead!

In June, being a teacher is hard…

Is it just me or is everyone else feeling like they’re done. These last few weeks for me have been hard.

I have really been struggling this week with finding motivation, positivity, encouragement, happiness in my teaching. When I started out teaching (now 2 years ago WHOOP) lots of people warned me not to take on too much, to slow down, to only take on what I could handle because of the infamous burnout that new teachers experience, or even all teachers.

The last few years I have ignored their advice… and now I’m burnt out. Truly.

I think it took me about a week to really understand what I was going through because it’s so out of character for me. But the exhaustion, lack of motivation, waking up everyday like I just need to get through the day is so draining. And I am definitely experiencing it.

The end of the year comes with so many positive moments, and on days like I had this week when my patients was thin, my students had ‘ one of those days’, when the printer jammed and the staff meeting went over, remembering those positive moments is what’s key.

Being a teacher is so hard.

I’m going to be honest, being a middle school teacher is the best, most rewarding job and I LOVE being these kids teacher. But man, I literally just feel like I am running after kids like a chicken and they are 3 steps ahead of me.

You’re probably reading this thinking
“man this is depressing, I wonder why anyone would want to be a teacher”
and I am kind of thinking the same thing… BUT here are some amazing things that I am going to try and do to turn this burnout into a final push!

  1. Find one positive at the end of every day, or every week!Take a moment, write it down, keep it in a special place for those hard moments.

     

  2. Turn those stressful activities into trophy’s of success!We had our grade 8 farewell celebrations, although it was a ton of work and was a stressful weekend, some amazing moments came out of it!B72C662E-3A99-4814-BFF0-B3732F19221E.JPG
  3. Remember why you started!For me, it started with wanting to make a difference and having a meaningful life with lasting impacts… in those hard moments, I need to remember that.

     

  4. Find some external motivation (TED talks and twitter inspiration are great!)one of my favorites:
    https://ed.ted.com/featured/oM5nk8RvTED

For all of you who are struggling for the final push with me, remember…

“It’s better to burnout than fade out”

Burnout means that you are pushing yourself to be your very best.

Have a great week!

Miss Rylance

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