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Teacher Burnout Is More Likely Among Introverts. Jayson Jones was my favorite person to call when I needed a substitute for my high-school English classes. Jayson was an aspiring teacher who was extremely popular with the students and related especially well with many of the at-risk kids. One day, I walked into the classroom at lunchtime, and he was sitting alone in the dark, listening to music. “Oh, an introvert?” I said. I’ve written about the challenges faced by introverted students in today’s increasingly social learning environments, but the introverted teachers leading those classrooms can struggle just as much as the children they’re educating. The term “introversion” can mean a variety of different things in different contexts. It’s in this sense of the word that some teachers are citing their introversion as a reason why today’s increasingly social learning environments are exhausting them—sometimes to the point of retirement.

Related Video. How To Be A Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers : NPR Ed. Sarah Hagan, a young algebra teacher in rural Oklahoma oil country, stays where she is because her students "deserve better. " Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption toggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR Sarah Hagan, a young algebra teacher in rural Oklahoma oil country, stays where she is because her students "deserve better. " Elissa Nadworny/NPR Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed.

At NPR Ed we're just about halfway through our 50 Great Teachers project. We've profiled teachers at all levels, in all subjects, from all over the country and overseas too. And so we've taken a moment here to pull from those stories some of the thoughts and lessons from those teachers that have stuck with us. Together, they almost make a mini-guide for teachers. 1. "I'm really trying hard to dispel this idea that teaching is this thing you're born to do and it's somehow natural to everyday life. 2. 3. 4. 5.

In years since Challenger disaster, Christa McAuliffe's students go on to teach. CONCORD, N.H. — Thirty years after the Concord High School class of ‘86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching — and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did. One of them, Tammy Hickey, didn’t like social studies at all, but she enjoyed McAuliffe’s law class. McAuliffe took Hickey and fellow students to courtrooms to conduct mock trials. Hickey remembers how personable she was, and how she shared her enthusiasm and experiences when she was in the running to be the first teacher in space. Hickey, now a junior high physical education teacher in Bradenton, Florida, just knew McAuliffe would be picked from more than 11,000 applicants.

“As a teacher now, I know that I want to show respect and show my students that I care,” Hickey says. Mr. “There’s always one kid who knows,” he says. Stop Talking About Teachers As If They're Missionaries. When Lisette Partelow embarked on a new career in 2012, she had all the props of an elite Washington professional: an Ivy League degree, management responsibility, challenging work, and a paycheck that placed her—in her first year on the job—in the top 25 percent of US salaries.

Yet when she told people about her work, the response was very different than the one that awaited her attorney husband. “The reaction was ‘Oh, that’s cute,’ ” she remembers. “ ‘You must be sweet. But kind of dull.’ ” Partelow, as it happens, was a teacher. And our standard narrative about teachers has long held that they’re underpaid and underappreciated—selfless, perhaps, but not exactly aspiring masters of the universe. That narrative isn’t true anymore, at least not in the District.

Money isn’t the only new feature. But we’re living in a strange interregnum, when the vernacular hasn’t kept pace with reality. “When I tell people I’m a teacher, they say, ‘Oh, my gosh—that’s God’s work. Almost. What Highly Successful People Know About Perseverance. When Muhammad Ali was asked if he liked training, he replied: "I hated every minute of training, but I said to myself, ‘Don’t quit, suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

" Ali prepared for his fights by pushing himself, no matter how much it hurt. That's what every tough-minded person does when they're trying to achieve something difficult. They power through the obstacles, and they don’t give up. Success often has much more to do with perseverance than it does with a person's innate qualities. That isn't to say talent doesn't matter, just that it only goes so far without sacrifice and effort. In his book The Boys In The Boat, author Daniel James Brown recounts the story of nine scrappy, working-class Seattle men who won gold at the 1936 Olympics for rowing. Reflecting on the effort it took to be part of world-class crew team, Brown quotes the boat-builder George Yeoman Pocock: "It is hard to make that boat go as fast as you want to. Survive To Thrive. How To Be a Teacher Leader. Posted by Liz Prather on Monday, 04/27/2015 CTQ blogger Sandy Merz recently posted “My Teacher Leader Manifesto” and challenged teacher leaders to write theirs.

Instead of writing a manifesto, I decided to write a few thoughts about how one might become a teacher leader in his or her department, school or district. These are some of the steps I have taken to develop as a teacher leader. Be the thing you teach. My late mentor, Dr. Be the expert of your classroom. Be data savvy. Be continually reflective on your practice. Be able to defend your practice. Be informed about local, state, national education policy.

Be positive and solutions-oriented. Rise above the turbulence.