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Re: Teacher Burnout....

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Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D. (dg09)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 08:26:20 -0500 (CDT)

At 6:49 PM 06/17/1997, Robert E. Sheffey wrote:
>I am preparing to teach art in a new school which is in a year round system.
> There are 4 different tracks that the kids can take, each based on going to
>school 12 weeks and being out four. The four tracks rotate. I will be
>teaching one of the four tracks. This has been in effect for several years
>and I was told that there was less teacher burnout because of the 4 week
>breaks. I will work for 4 weeks in July, be off August, work until
>Thanksgiving, be off until Jan 2, work until the end of March, be off April,
>and then work until the end of June, and off for 2 weeks in July. I am
>excited about trying this new approach and can see where it would have it's
>benefits to the moral of the teacher as well as the students. You can put
>your best foot forward for 12 weeks, knowing you have four to recover, and
>prepare for the next. I would be interested to hear others views of this
>type of scheduling.
>Teresa Sheffey

Dear Teresa:

Sounds like an interesting approach and worth trying. Teacher burnout is a
serious problem. One concern I had was your statement " You can put
your best foot forward for 12 weeks, knowing you have four to recover, and
prepare for the next. " Will you prepare for those 4 weeks and not get
paid for those four weeks to prepare? In a sense, then you will be working
year round, but will you be paid for 12 months and not 9 months? I don't
mean to rain on your enthusiasm, but this is one concern I have. Please
let us know what you think.

Cheers and warm regards,


Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
Department of Art and Design
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas 78666
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