• Teacher Burnout: Rekindling the Fire

    In the first installment of this piece, Teacher Burnout: Feeling the Burn, I shared with you several reasons why teacher burnout is so prevalent in the United States. But all hope is not lost! In this piece, you will discover ways in which you can prevent and reverse teacher burnout. Some of these methods will require you to shake up your routine and forge unknown paths. Then again, that might be precisely what you need. 

  • Teacher Burnout: Feeling the Burn

    I began teaching in 2004. Before the start of the school year, the administration held a staff meeting. I remember sitting in awe as the principal recognized teachers beginning their 25th, 30th, and 35th years. That’s going to be me some day! I thought to myself, swelling with pride at the thought of standing up and receiving my round of applause after so many years of service. Twelve years later, I walked out of my classroom on the last teacher workday of the school year, a box nestled under my arm containing a few binders and tokens from students over the years. I set the box in my trunk, turned back to the building, and heaved a huge sigh of relief. I was done teaching—forever. No recognition. No applause. Just me standing alone in the June sunlight taking it all in one last time.