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There must be something about that year. I have been in my present position
for 21 years, and I taught 2 years prior to that in a private school. At
around year 15, I, too, developed burn-out.
I began to have feelings of dread on Sunday afternoon; it was an effort to
pull myself from bed in the mornings; I had very little patience with all
the "petty" problems my students would present to me; every task seemed to
be an effort. I feel for you, I remember.
First, let me assure you that it did pass.
I think I had a serious talk with myself and decided that this WAS my career
of choice and that it was indeed up to me to make it better.
I gradually was easier on myself, backed off self-imposed, labor-intensive
demands, and began to enjoy my students more. I had reached a point in
which I looked at them as a major CAUSE of my discontent and all it really
required was a change of attitude (I think there was a post on this list
that contained a quote that made reference to this......) towards my chosen
line of work, towards my students, and in terms of the expectations I had
for myself. I got "nicer" to me. I also began to speak up more for those
things I believed would benefit the program and in turn, ease my stress.
(You do know that the squeeky wheel does get the grease, don't you?)
When these changes occurred, the entire situation changed for the better.
Andrea in Pa.
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