EducationWorld is pleased to present this article by Christi Wilson, a credentialed teacher of highly gifted students in Northern Nevada. She has 11 years of classroom teaching experience, including K-12 education online, and writes for TeacherPortal.com.
With teaching often comes stress and burnout. Educators must fill several roles during the day including classroom instructor, record keeper, member of school committees and playground monitor. Teachers experience stress on a daily basis, and some studies indicate that they suffer from stress at a higher-than-average rate.
Burnout in this profession is so common that in California, the California Teachers Association has sponsored a “Survive and Thrive Mini Sabbatical” for teachers. This program is a five-day retreat for up to 15 teachers, who are coached on how to manage stress and reflect on the reasons they joined the profession in the first place.
Below are five strategies for counteracting stress and preventing burnout.
Keeping these helpful tips in mind should at least help alleviate stress. Those who feel an undue amount of stress should also consider communicating with colleagues for additional ideas. It’s important to talk to those around us in the same profession, because we’ve all been through it at least a few times in our careers.
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