Since 2013 Code.org has hosted a week devoted to encouraging students to learn more about computer science and computer programming. This world-wide event has reached over 180 countries and continues to grow each year.
I have personally participated in the Hour of Code for the past three years. It was amazing to watch my students that hadn't shown much interest in academics thrive in the area of computer science and computer programming. Their enthusiasm was inspiring. It even inspired me to start an after school Coding Club.
In my family, Thanksgiving is generally a time of reflecting on what we're thankful for and a time to relax and enjoy each other's company. As we are quickly approaching that season I can easily think of a huge list of things I'm thankful for, however, as an educator who is employed during COVID, I'm most thankful that I almost burned out about seven years ago.
You might think, why is she thankful for almost burning out?!? It's simple; without that experience I wouldn't be an educator that can handle the stressors of 2020 as easily. It helped me mature and gain a better understanding of ways to avoid burn out in the future.
Educator burn out is a real thing. The stress of teaching and personal problems can become too overwhelming. Many educators are facing the burn out battle right now with the uncertainty of the future and the stress of the changes in education COVID has created. From my previous experience with almost burning out I learned a few important tips.
1. G Suite Program Tips
The Tech Lovin' Teacher: Ed Tech TOSA, 15+ year educator, tech enthusiast, curriculum creator