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.”

Maybe You’re Asking the Wrong Questions

Since I help teachers who are experiencing burnout find alternative careers, I am often asked the question, “What else can I do besides teach?” And my answer is, “That depends. What would you like to do?” It isn’t a trick question, yet it seems to stump more people than it doesn’t. The frequency with which […]

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.

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 […]

[CASE STUDY] Success Story of Deanna’s Career Transition from Classroom Teacher to Mathnasium Director

This is a case study of how one teacher transitioned from the classroom into another professional endeavor with help from Career Transition & Job Search Coach, Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT.

Enjoy Your Summer–But What Happens This Fall?

Ah, summer vacation! For the teacher who doesn’t have to work to cover the rent until she receives the next school paycheck, it’s fabulous. Freedom. You get to sleep in…no alarm clocks for you. You get to take your time getting ready for the day. There are no school bells marking off the day period […]

What is the #1 Mistake Most Job Seekers Make When Starting a Job Search?

People who are starting out on a job search often make one major mistake. They start their search without a clear idea of what it is they want to do. I liken it to planning a vacation itinerary with no destination in mind. Sounds a little crazy, right? Yet, think of the last time you […]

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 […]

Are You Ready for a Job or Career Change?

Change can be hard. Any kind of change can be hard. Just think about the last time you decided to lose that 10 pounds that keep bugging you. Feeling like it’s time to make a change is one thing. Actually making the change is a different thing altogether. No wonder people stay stuck in jobs […]