EducationWorld Q&A columnist Dr. Matthew Lynch is an associate professor of education at Langston University. Dr. Lynch provides expert advice on everything from classroom management to differentiated instruction. Read all of his columns here, and be sure to submit your own question.
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This week, reader Dorothy T. asks:
I am a veteran teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience, but with every passing year, I am moving closer and closer to burning out. I enjoy what I do, but the day-to-day stress of the profession is beginning to overwhelm me. What can I do to alleviate my stress and avoid burning out?
Thanks for your question and for all that you have done for the education field over the past 20 years. Have you ever thought about the kinds of things that you accomplish before the school bell even rings to signal the end of the day? In all probability, you would already have handled squabbles and power struggles, and shouted louder than any coach on the field. Teaching can be satisfying but also exhausting.
Unfortunately, teachers do not have the luxury of checking into a spa for a few weeks to alleviate the stress that may be causing them to age prematurely. But there are some stress-busting strategies that you can use, such as the following:
I hope that these tips will help ease some of your stress. At the end of the day, take solace in the fact that there are very few people who get paid to do something that they enjoy, and who also have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of young people..
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