I work with teachers who are experiencing the pain and heartache of teacher burnout. I know there are people in the general population who don’t understand that concept. I hear from them all the time. They think teachers have it easy.
If you are a teacher, however, or if you care about one, you know that teaching is not easy. The people who reach out to me are, without fail, caring, compassionate and highly professional. The conversations we have usually run along these lines: “I still love the kids. If I could just teach without having to bother with all the other ‘stuff,’ I could teach forever. But I can’t just teach anymore, and it isn’t fun anymore! There are endless meetings. Paperwork that no one ever reads but must be filled out anyway. Tests that are tied to salary schedules. Evaluations that are a joke. Principals who are taught to manage by bullying instead of how to be instructional leaders in the building…and the list goes on.
Poor building leadership is, in my opinion, the leading cause of teacher burnout. If a teacher believes the principal has her back, she will stay no matter what, through thick and thin. If the principal is weak, however, and fails to provide the support and resources teachers in the building need, all bets are off. It becomes a scene of “every man (and woman) for himself.”
The hard question teachers suffering from burnout grapple with is what can I do instead if I don’t teach? I am “just” a teacher. I don’t know how to do anything else.
The truth is that the number of things a teacher can do post their teaching career are endless and only limited by the imagination.
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And much, much more.
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Until next time.
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Kitty J. Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT, RScP is a former educator and Past President of the Virginia Education Association. After over three decades teaching and advocating for public education, she retooled and reinvented herself. She became a Certified Life Strategies and Stress Management Coach and a Career Transition & Job Search Coach trained by a nationally known career expert. Kitty specializes in helping teachers who are suffering from teacher burnout. She is the owner and CEO of Boitnott Coaching, LLC and the founder of TeachersinTransition.com, TeachersinDistress.Wordpress.com, and
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