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Re: Teacher Burn Out

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khein_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Mar 05 2003 - 09:14:42 PST


What a day to pick up on a thread like this! I awoke at 1AM this morning
having nightmares about students. Couldn't go back to sleep, so i got up and
did some work- listed my priorities, decided what neded to stay and what needed
to go- and tried to talk myself into taking a mental health day this week.

All year long I have been sying that I would start to set aside time each night
to paint and have artmaking time for myself- and for some reason I have not done
it. I am going to try to take Melissa's advice and stick to a scheduled plan.

Is it a general consesus amung art teachers that it is super hard to "take a
day" ??? There are faculty at my school who have probably missed one or two
days every week since the beginning of school- and they don't seen to have a
problem with it...

Thanks for letting me vent-

kirstie

Hi everyone, Thanks for the burn-out thread!  I'm new to this forum, but as a single 50-plus teacher who doesn't think she'll ever be able to afford to retire, I am extremely interested in all insights and suggestions.   Good luck to you, Marcia, and keep us posted!  J.

WOW! Talk about synchronicity!! I am beginning the 2nd day of my new "uncompensated leave of absence" today. I decided to use some investment money to take a break from this whole circlesystem of burnout. My district granted me a leave and here I am! . . . I am planning to work in my studio, take care of my family (2 teens and a husband), work on MY health and MAKE ART and recharge so I can go back to my 24 year art teaching career with enough energy and balance to make it to retirement. . . . .burnout can give you cancer and other ugly things.
Marcia
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