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Re: Teacher burnout - more last words

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Mar 07 2003 - 05:26:02 PST


Christa, I totally agree with you.....to a point! I also am sorta type
A, taking on extra challenges and dreaming up cool projects, working on
my web page, etc. because I do get satisfaction from it. It does make
my job seem even more significant than it already is, in some way. Most
of my "dreamed up work" involves getting my students' artwork out to the
community, keeping what we do public in whatever ways I can think of. I
know tht in the end, it serves the program, as well as the students to
do this. I am certain that I would not have been given extra $$ to
start a metals program, buy a slab roller, publish a student art
calendar, create a tile amphitheater, etc. if my student's work was not
seen beyond the classroom. People have faith in my judgment and ideas
because I am constantly showing them what we are doing. THis does take
time. HOWEVER, I know what Ken is talking about. Sometimes it goes too
far, and our good intentions leave us with precious little (or NOT ANY)
time for our own reflections, artwork, and so on. Occasionally, the
closet needs to be cleaned out, preened, purged, etc. so that we can
find more balance in our lives. I have worked hard on that this year,
and I STILL feel like I am doing plenty of things for the benefit of my
program, but I DO have more time for me. No time for me equals burnout.
No matter how proud I am of what I do with my students, time for myself
is vital. When I find myself staying at school til 7:00 on several
repeated nights, it is a wakeup call!

Linda

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