Teacher Burnout: 20 Insights From a 17-Year Veteran Teacher On The Brink of Burnout Stress Reduction by Joel Wagner - June 26, 2009June 30, 20103 In rereading the last about teacher burnout, I was struck by a handful of things that my reader mentioned in the email. I thought it was powerful enough that it was worth digging into deeper, and yet I didn’t want to dilute the conversation that might come as a result of the emotional impact of the reader’s email. With that being said, here are 20 insights from a 17-year veteran teacher about things that teachers ought to be doing. Take care of your body Avoid whiners Get more sleep Accept imperfection from yourself Don’t expect to make everyone happy Don’t abuse your sick days, but do use them Relax more Have trusted friends who can smack you upside the head when needed Be sure you have long term disability insurance in place before you need it Have some sort of adequate health insurance Don’t waste time worrying If you’re single, take some risks Always have a backup career plan for if things don’t work out Don’t be too proud to seek advice from others Sometimes writing things out is among the best therapy The logical solution is often the best, but not always Don’t make monumental life decisions in periods of emotional distress Don’t let Christmas, spring break, and summer be your only down time Have patience with yourself and others Not every situation in life requires an immediate diagnosis and prescription Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.