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Re: Teacher burnout - my last word

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Bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Mar 06 2003 - 15:15:34 PST


My trip 2 weeks ago to Rome and Florence made it very difficult to come back
to school. I was so depressed being in my classroom just 24 hours earlier I
was in Florence Italy. The Kids I have are just kids and they could not see
how excited I was about my trip but listened anyway and were somewhat
interested with questions.

That whole first week back all I could think about was retirement as my
sister in law was still there for an extra week. I was grumpy and nothing
interested me. I needed to get out of it as I can't retire yet and I still
have a 1/2 of a year to go. By working on my pictures from the trip and
doing some projects in class with the kids I was able to get out of it.

I have to simplify my life next year. I teach 5 preps, coordinate 3 large
art shows, dept. chairman, mentor teacher for art, writing a second book,
geez stop already! By this time of the year I get burned out and think of
spring. I wish I could just do art and peddle it around, that sounds so
good. Next year I have to drop some of these things and simplify my life.

I don't want to burn out and be the grumpy old teacher in the teachers lounge
gripping all the time. When I do I should quit. I like hearing all of you
saying what I am thinking too and know that I am not alone. We have a few
art competitions due up now and that gets me going as I can get some work out
and the students get some recognition and then they get more motivated.

Sorry to just ramble on like this but it felt good to type it out.

Ken Schwab

Art teacher, Leigh high school, San Jose, CA
website: Leigh Art

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