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Burnout and another thing...


Date: Fri Mar 07 2003 - 13:58:55 PST

I was in an Engish teacher's room recently and looked at the rubric
instructions printout on her desk. She teaches 250 children a week
and gives each one two or three weekly writing assignments.

The rubric had 25 items on it to be included in assessing each and
every writing assignment per student.

Maybe give this one to the math teacher, but when was this woman
expected to eat, sleep or go to the w.c.?

Speaking of which, about the cheery advice from Edweek article on
combatting stress to "drink water throughout the day..." with time
for only one trip to the loo per day during prep period...I don't
think so.

Here's my burnout advice. Not one more THING. Not a retreat or a
helpful book to read, no, not even a short, simplistic article.

This advice actually comes from a psychiatrist, Dr. Abraham
Twerski, also a rabbi, also a political activist on behalf of
health care, also the author of a number of self-help books. In my
capacity as journalist I once asked him how he got all his work
done, and was able to strictly observe the Sabbath as his Orthodox
Jewish faith required. He said, "If I didn't observe the Sabbath, I
wouldn't get all my work done."

Cheers, Jane in Brooklyn