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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout
I've read a lot of articles about preventing teacher burnout, so a new list is probably not that unique. However, as I reflected on what causes burnout, on times when I came pretty close to feeling burnout, and on times when I watched my colleagues burn out around me, I realized that many internal and external factors can lead to teacher burnout -- some that teachers themselves can control and some that they can't. Here are five big factors that play a part in teacher burnout, along with tips on how to prevent these factors from burning you out. 1) Maintain Your "Other" Life It's OK if teaching is your life as long as you have a life outside of your classroom. 2) Be a Stakeholder When Changes Are Made Too much change stretches teachers thin and leads to burnout. If a change needs to be made, be transparent about why this change is happening and, whenever possible, include the affected teachers in the process and avoid sudden changes that appear to come out of nowhere. 5) Keep It Light

Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout It can be tough enough to manage your own stress. But how can you, as a manager, help the members of your team handle their feelings of stress, burnout, or disengagement? Because work is getting more demanding and complex, and because many of us now work in 24/7 environments, anxiety and burnout are not uncommon. In our high-pressure workplaces, staying productive and engaged can be challenging. Although it’s unlikely that the pace or intensity of work will change much anytime soon, there’s a growing body of research that suggests certain types of development activities can effectively build the capacity for resilience. One approach is to focus on employees’ personal growth and development. The good news is that there are some very practical and easy-to-implement approaches to personal development that managers and team members can adopt — and they aren’t time-, budget-, or resource-intensive. Model and encourage well-being practices. Allow time to disconnect outside of work.

Risk implications of kids going mobile: Research Even back in 2010, the EU Kids Online researchers in 25 countries noted that “the ways through and the locations from which children go online are diversifying, and this trend is continuing.” It has indeed continued. Increasingly obvious to parents, the mobile platform enables “ubiquitous internetting,” as Dutch researchers put it way back in 2006). At the same time, mobile represents the most personal, private way of accessing the Net and the least evolved provisions for kids’ safety, EU Kids Online’s Prof. Sonia Livingstone pointed out at the ICT Coalition gathering in Brussels last week. At that all-day gathering of people representing Internet companies, the European Commission and youth advocacy organizations, Livingstone gave a summary of findings from EU Kids Online’s latest project, “Net Children Go Mobile,” based on face-to-face interviews in the homes of 1,000 young people aged 9-16 in five countries: Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom. Related links

How To Burn Yourself Out As A Teacher How To Burn Yourself Out As A Teacher by TeachThought Staff We published a post last year titled, “Why Good Teachers Quit.” Nearly 70,000+ social shares–and scores of comments–later, and it’s pretty clear that this idea (captured so well by Kay Bisaillon) is resonating with more teachers than we were aware. We’ve taken a few different approaches to the idea in the past, including 25 Ways To Reduce Teacher Burnout & Secrets For Teacher Survival, as well as The Best Teachers Don’t Do What They’re Told, as well as a recent post about “teaching differently.” So here we are again, taking another look at teacher burnout, this time trying to understand how it happens. Teacher Burnout: How To Get It Done 1. Teaching is a wonderful mix of curiosity, content, and process–ideas and data; love and numbers; soft and hard. 2. Your creativity is your spark. 3. How do you assign work? The workflow of the modern teacher is everything. 4. Teaching is a deeply human process. 5. Don’t. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

What is Open Education/Free for Education- 'Open Education' is an international movement about making educational resources freely and openly available for educators and students to use, modify and share for teaching and learning. This movement is quite popular in America, the UK and South Africa and is slowly expanding in Australia. For more information on the 'open education' movement, see the Cape Town Open Education Declaration. 'Free for education' is part of the 'open education' movement, but is not as broad. 'Free for education' resources allow educators and students to freely copy and use resources for educational purposes, but do not permit the resources to be modified and shared. Many Australian institutions which produce resources for the education sector specifically select to permit the free use and copying of their material for educational purposes. A website will be 'free for education' if its terms and conditions or copyright statement permit copying for any of the following uses:

10 tips for administrators to help new teachers avoid burnout – @EDUWELLS I remember what it was like to be a new teacher. Not knowing what to focus on, not being sure how to balance being formal and friendly, wondering if you’d ever get through the curriculum, mastering the school’s computer systems, and on top of all this, you can’t even find your way around the school! Here’s 10 things I would suggest all administrators do to make it easy for new teachers. After all, we need to keep everyone teacher we get, the attrition rate is frightening. Time. Author: Richard Wells Teaches grade 6 to 12 – Head of Technology at NZ High School Top 40 in edublog awards 2013 Top 12 Blogger – The Global Search for Education Known for Educational Infographics (see Posters)and an International Speaker. This post is written as part of The Huffington Post’s The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs: A series of questions that Cathy Rubin is asking several education bloggers. Like this: Like Loading... Related Why #EdChat is NOT just Resources and Ideas

Take control of your teaching by embracing research Teachers don’t engage enough with research. They don’t understand enough about research. And they don’t do enough research themselves. These are the conclusions of a group of educators championing the latest trend in education: school-based research. On Saturday, many of the key figures in the movement will come together in one place at TES columnist Tom Bennett’s researchED conference in London. “Teachers are frequently research illiterate, and who can blame them? Quite how teachers become more savvy about the studies that dictate how they teach, and how they generate some studies of their own, is a matter of much debate. “School-based educational research poses some of the most fundamental questions that can be asked of a teacher: how do we know that what we are teaching is actually having a beneficial effect on our students? He offers ten steps for school leaders to follow in order to provide the best environment for these questions to be answered.

Create The Habits You Want - Stress Relief 4 Teachers Listen to the podcast below, but here’s the gist of it: Write down the changes you want to make.Pick certain days to focus and not let anything get in your way.Pick certain hours of the day to create new habits. I go into more detail on the audio. You can listen (and subscribe) to the One Teaching Tip podcast at Stitcher or iTunes. Or you can just listen here. 21 Days to Less Stress – Get the free Guide by Clicking Here.Get it HereFree <a href=" target="_blank">Get it Here</a><a href=" target="_blank">Sell digital downloads</a> Contagious Emotions and Responding to Stress Neuroscience research suggests that emotions are contagious. Our brains are social organs, and we are wired for relationships. When we encounter or experience intense emotions from another individual, we feel those feelings as if they were our own. Mirror neurons in our brains are responsible for empathy, happiness, and the contagious anger, sadness, or anxiety that we feel when another person is experiencing these same feelings. Students and educators need to understand how quickly this negative interaction can occur. Calming the Stress Response Focused attention practices and movement are the two neurological strategies for calming an angry and anxiety-ridden brain. 1. Give students -- and yourself -- a few minutes to step away from a conflict and de-escalate the limbic reaction. 2. Once the negative emotions have calmed down and the brain has regulated, validation is critical for helping students know that they are heard and understood. That must have made you feel really angry. 3.