Teaching is Stressful

Here's What You Can Do About It

When teachers call me about burnout, it isn’t always because they are burned out with their students. Most of them admit that they still love their kids. In fact, they will say, “If I could just be left alone to teach, I’d be okay. It’s all the other stuff that I can’t take anymore.”

Speaking to the Issue of Teacher Burnout as a Guest on the “Always a Lesson” Podcast

A few months ago, I went in search of people who are offering podcasts related to education, and I found that there are many. In fact, many of them are connected through the Education Podcast Network. I reached out to a number of these individuals and connected with them through LinkedIn so I could follow their […]

Yes, Teachers Do Need Freedom, But Few Feel They Have It

This post is inspired by a recent article in The Atlantic on “Why Teachers Need Their Freedom.” In this post, the author agrees wholeheartedly, but she fears that few teachers feel that they have any freedoms left to them at all.

A Major Challenge Teachers Face as School is Starting

I have to say I do not envy teachers who are headed back to school this fall, and for those who are already at it, I hope you are doing okay. What is happening in the country at the moment is hard enough for adults to understand. I cannot imagine trying to explain it to […]

It’s “Back to School” Time!

It’s “Back to School” time! Sales for school supplies, school clothes and shoes have all started. Even if the school doesn’t start for you until after Labor Day, you have already started thinking about going back, I bet. In my last post, I recommended that if you are a teacher and you are contemplating your return […]

Gut Check: Attention Teachers — Are You Excited about Going Back to School?

    Summer is flying by! The fourth of July is already a memory.   Perhaps you still have that summer vacation to the beach ahead of you. You still have a lot of summer left! But if you are a teacher, I bet you have already begun to think going back to school. I urge […]

The Doctor Prescribes Summer Vacation to Treat Teacher Burnout

If you are a teacher, you will recognize the truth of this statement:  Summer vacation is the best medicine for treating teacher burnout. Many people–those who have never taught and don’t know a teacher well–don’t appreciate that teachers can suffer from burnout. They think you have a great job. One such insensitive soul recently wrote […]

A Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Are you familiar with the Aretha Franklin song from 1967, “RESPECT?”  I was 15 years old when it hit the airwaves. I loved that song just as much I loved the artist, the legendary “Queen of Soul.” It occurs to me that a little respect is what teachers need these days. I started feeling the […]

A New Resource for Teachers Headed for Burnout

I am always looking for information on teacher burnout. Not coincidentally, there are an increasing number of resources available because teacher burnout is on the rise. The most recent gem I found is a new book entitled, First Aid for Teacher Burnout:  How You Can Find Peace and Success, by Jenny Grant Rankin. I wrote a […]

The Cycle that Keeps Many Teachers Stuck

The career of teaching is unique in that it is one of the only jobs of which I know that allows you to complete a  full cycle, experience a period of rest and practically complete separation from the job, and then the start of a brand new cycle each year. If there is any job like […]