Teachers get frustrated. It happens. It’s a part of the job.Â This article explores the subject of teacher burnoutÂ a bit and includes some robust discussion in the comments.
I got a comment on my article Valid Reasons Teachers Quit tonight:
I am up past my usual time and I just decided to go on the web. I came across this. I have been teaching for seventeen years. Maybe you can help. Every morning I dread the thought of going to my job. This has been the worst year ever. I don’t have the desire to ever teach another child. Last year a child brought a knife to school-told his friends he was going to kill me. This year I seem to have the class from hell.
I love to teach-but not children any longer. I am sitting here practically in tears bbecause I feel as though I am about to have a nervous breakdown from the stress of disruptive children and non supportive parents. I believe that I have nothing else to give. I believe that this is my last year, I don’t care about the money. I think it is unhealthy for me and for the children. I try to give it my all, but I am so discouraged until there are days I have nothing to give my own family. I am bitter and disgruntle by the time I make it home.
Today was another rough day. I have rewarded, disciplined, encouraged, ask for parental support, administrative support (“All I can tell you, hon, is I don’t know” response). I feel like I should leave the field because I have nothing left to give- I have more bad days than good days. I think that summer, weekends, holidays are no long worth my staying. I don’t mean to sound like a selfish teacher.
I do my job-it’s just a fight every single day. I don’t sleep on the job, nor play around-I am accountable to someone else other than my principal. I know how to do the job, and I do it well. I think that since my heart is so far away-it is time to leave”
I’m going to ask for the help of my over 250 subscribers and other visitors. Please encourage Jackie the way that so many of you have encouraged me this year. You can do so by leaving comments here and also on the original article.
If this is you, check out these articles:
- 65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Burnout
- 25 Tips For Less Stress
- 50 Reasons Why I Enjoy Being A Teacher
- The Honeymoon Is Over: What Killed My First Job And 7 Tips For Getting Your Next Job
- 50 Reasons To Love Your Job As A Teacher
My take on the situation is included in the comments to the original article.
The Blog Revolution Project begins tomorrow. I’ll post some preliminary steps you can start looking into, along with an outline of some of the things you can expect. The official kickoff with the assignments and everything will be on Monday May 5th.