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.
If you've reached the point of burn out, I highly encourage you to talk to someone about it. Find a colleague or family member to encourage you. Speak to a counselor about your mental health. You can even send me an email and I'd be happy to write back. Don't go through this alone. Don't hide it and pretend you're okay...it doesn't get easier when you hide it away.
Whether you're on the edge of burn out, five feet away, or a mile away, these tips can help you face the stressors that all educators feel. Remember, you're not alone!
The Tech Lovin' Teacher: Ed Tech TOSA, 15+ year educator, tech enthusiast, curriculum creator