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Avoiding Teacher Burnout & Stress
All teachers know that teaching can be a stressful job. Stress and being overworked lead to teacher burnout. The key is to get organized and make time for yourself. Teacher burnout is a problem for many new teachers. Lower your stress level, and you will improve as a teacher as well.
Don't cut your career short. Teaching will never be stress-free. Below are a few tips to make your teaching job less stressful.First things first.
You will have a very stressful career if your classroom discipline and management system is a shambles. Conquering these is the first step to being a stress-free teacher. Read those articles. Classroom Discipline Classroom Management
You cannot teach effectively unless you are organized anyway.
Your daily lessons plans should be done and all materials gathered before the school day.
Preferably the night before. Yes this is a lot of work. But having a smooth teaching day is worth it. Teachers need to grade papers as soon as possible. Don't let them pile up. Teachers who let papers to grade pile up are asking for trouble.
Grading a pile of papers will look like an arduous task that will take it's toll on your body. And it will. When teachers give a quiz or exam, they should start grading them as soon as one student turns it in. Even if you only grade the first page of each paper. This will give you a good head start.
Here's a no-brainer but often over looked teaching tip: Make your quizzes, exams, and projects as easy to grade as possible. This could include more multiple choice.
Teachers should collect longer assignments when longer breaks occur. That is, do not collect a 10 page report on Monday. Try not to give assessments on Fridays. Teachers who grade only on school days will be much better rested. If your grading is taking its toll on you, you seriously need to change the way you assess. Teachers should over-work the students. Students should never over-work the teacher. Your job is to make this happen.
Teachers need school-free days!
Make every school day break count!
Teachers need sleep.
If you are planning or grading at midnight, how long do you think you will last?
Get to school early.
Every day is a new day!
Teachers, not all is possible.