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12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout

12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout
"Our very lives are fashioned by choice. First we make choices. Then our choices make us." - Anne Frank A tired teacher is a powder keg waiting for a match. In my bouts with burnout, I've learned that stepping back from the brink is about choice. These 12 choices have helped me recover and be a better teacher for my students. Choice #1: Choose to Be Happy First, happiness is a choice. Use happy triggers to boost your mood when you get upset. Choice #2: Choose to Disconnect We are making a dumb use of our smartphones. Choice #3: Choose to Be Mindful Mindfulness is being called society’s next wonder drug. Choice #4: Choose to Make Time for Sleep Sleep loss harms your thinking, your health, and your mood. Realize that watching your favorite movie may not be restful when you're exhausted. Choice #5: Choose to Get Outside and Get Moving Last year when I was in charge of prom on top of everything else, I was close to quitting. Choice #6: Choose to Be Grateful Choice #7: Choose What to Overlook

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Online: Only A Teacher: Schoolhouse Pioneers Henry AdamsCatharine BeecherJohn DeweyElaine Goodale EastmanCharlotte FortenMargeret HaleyHorace MannJulia RichmanLaura Towne John Dewey (1859-1952) John Dewey was the most significant educational thinker of his era and, many would argue, of the 20th century. As a philosopher, social reformer and educator, he changed fundamental approaches to teaching and learning. His ideas about education sprang from a philosophy of pragmatism and were central to the Progressive Movement in schooling. In light of his importance, it is ironic that many of his theories have been relatively poorly understood and haphazardly applied over the past hundred years.

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved. However, in my work, I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff. According to Dweck:

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Lesson Plan - Just Say "Know" to World Hunger Purpose: The learners will analyze what it means to be hungry, why people are hungry around the world, and what they can do. They define vocabulary, explore some statistics through a simulation, and come to a consensus on an organization to partner with for a fundraising project. Duration: Three 45-Minute Class Periods