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Teacher Burnout

We Can Bounce Back!

Tyler Cohen

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of Teacher Burnout

Teacher Burnout:
We can bounce back!

What does Teacher Burnout look like?
How is our school community and/or department effected?
What can we DO?
What is Teacher Burnout?
Burn out: to cease functioning because something has been exhasted or burned up, as fuel or a filament

To exhaust one's energy, ideas etc. through overwork or intemperance
Four Warning Signs
1) Missing In Action!
Social Events
E-mail Chains
Mental Health Days
"They feel overwhelmed and have no desire to be around other people that seem to be doing great."
2) End of Sharing
Focus on getting through day
Confidence drops
Fear of sharing bad lessons
"They are mired in funk and can only think about the next 24 hours. Even that is tiring for them."
3) Complaint Department
Rarely speaks with peers but..
Sense of Hopelessness
4) The Spark is Gone
"There is nothing worse than seeing a teacher who has lost The Spark. The Spark is the driving force in everything we do as teachers. It carries us through the bad times and the darkest times. When The Spark is gone, it's up to other teachers to reach out and help as soon as possible before it's too late."
Physical Effects
Long term physical and mental exhaustion associated with a task

A state of emotional and physical exhastion caused by a prolonged period of stress and frustration characterized by frequent displayes of unprofessional behavior, a blithe refusal to do any work, and most important, a distinct aura of not giving a [darn]
Why does
Teacher Burnout occur?
Poor Relationships
students, colleagues, administrators
Personal inadequacy, time, community, personal life
Working Conditions
facilities, class size, role conflicts, lack of control
Life Stages (Brand)
midlife crisis (40-45)
retirement age
"When stress and mental fatigue become more than occasional companions"
"...if individuals entered a given profession with a cynical attitude, they would be unlikely to burnout; but if those who entered had a strong desire to give of themselves to others - and actually felt helpful, excited and idealistic during their early years on the job - they would be the more susceptible to the most severe burnout"
Burnout: From Tedium to Personal Growth -Aronson, Pines
May include:
tiredness and lack of energy
tension and irritability
cold symptoms
swelling & aching joints and muscles
chest back & stomach pains
difficulties in breathing
reduced libido
frequent headaches
nausea & dizziness
loss of appetite
The Skillful Leader
Frank Steel (p.45):
25-year vet, coach, no management issues, driven by control, resistant to change, hostile, frustrated and stuck, three R's- Routine, Ritual, and Resignation

John W. Collabnot (p.54):
7-year, acceptable classroom performance, does not share or collaborate, constant complainer, no sense of community and shared responsibility, values only classroom teaching role

Mary Pity (p.58):
12-year, chronic external personal problems affecting performance, staff "sympathy" orchestra, basic drill curriculum, formerly a good teacher

Hank Frail (p.63):
Over 35 years, deteriorating health, significant change in classroom performance, unwilling to retire, his lif eis his job, has been a superstar living on reputation
Low building/dept. morale
Little student learning and growth
Management issues
Revolving door of educators
CASE STUDY: Rick vs. Bill
Who is at fault?
What would you have done differently if you were Rick?
What can Rick do now?
Learn to say "NO"
Ask for help
Remember your purpose
Make time for yourself
Make lessons fresh
Control stress in personal life
Be an early bird
Eat for Energy
Leave school at school
Lean on your classroom management plan
Platt's Four Movements
"The Skillful Leader"
Believe in yourself and your staff!
By: Tyler Cohen
as a teacher:
Peer Assistance and Review
Step One: Referral
Step Two: Formal investigation
Step Three: Intervention Plan
Teacher Portfolios
Source of data to assess teacher quality
Reflection of instruction
Evaluation is collaborative
Data about Student Performance
(Platt, p.182)
"In a true profession of teaching, the responsibility for maintaining standards of practice would reside with practicing teachers. PAR is a step in that direction. By placing the responsibility for identifying and remediating mediocre teaching with consulting teachers, peer assistance makes plain that teachers care about the quality of their teaching and about that of their collegues."
The Standards Movement
State to State
District to District
Content Standards in Curriculum
Standardized testing for students
*use as a TOOL to improve teaching*
(Platt, p.185)
"Those who believe that high standards testing based on state frameworks will by itself improve the quality of teaching are deceiving themselves."
(Platt, p.187)
What's in it?
lesson/unit plans
sample HW
sample student work
video/audio recordings
What are the Pros?
What are the Cons?
(Platt, p.189)
Teachers and Administrators
Parents and Employers
Variables outside teacher's control
positive ratings are being given to teachers whose students do not progress
Have YOU experienced a collegue like any of these?
Which side are YOU on?
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