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Lesson Plans

Re: Re: teacher burn out

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Fri, 19 Nov 1999 15:11:02 EST

I just have to say something about all this talk about teacher burn out.
I am a "teacher's teacher". I am over enthusiastic, totally dedicated and
work long hours, 24/7, working on my teacher work and new ideas.
I have been teaching for twenty years come January 2000. I have had two bouts
of BURN OUT. Both at the six year mark. I am currently starting to feel the
fringes of a third bout. However, it is different now. Since I have had
previous experiences with this malady, I know what it is and know what to do.
For me, the burn out is the Universe's way of saying to pay more attention to
myself. Also, it is due to a "routine" that I have established that becomes
monotonous. Therefore, when I start to see the "Burn Out" monster starting to
rear it's ugly head. I do something drastic to change my world. For me
drastic means not take work home for a few months and work on my own art.
Also, I might do all new projects for a few units. Another solution has been
applying for about three or four grants in a row to shake things up. Right
now, I am working on web design projects to inject excitement into my life.
For me, the mere effort to promote change works to alleviate the surge of
feeling burnt. Before I know it, I am excited about my life and my job again.

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