Practicing Self-Care to Avoid Teacher Burnout- An 8 Week Course
"Overcoming teacher burnout through practical solutions."
Put your self-care in your hands.
"Thank you for creating this course. I was hesitant at first, but what I liked is that it didn't try to 'talk me into' staying. I now have a plan for the spring."
6th Grade Teacher
Are you at your "wits end" with education? Are you considering leaving education? Do you sit in your car before work and cry before you even enter your school? If so, then you could be suffering from teacher burnout. As a fifteen year veteran, I found myself seriously considering leaving my beloved profession due to the stress that came with educating 175 teenagers on a daily basis. After doing some extensive “soul searching” I found that it wasn’t me that was crazy, but that education today is changing and teachers need resources on HOW to deal with teacher burnout.
So, I decided to not only use my experiences as an educator, but my book Keep the Fire Burning: Avoiding Teacher Burnout as a base to create a course that will help EVERY teacher experiencing burnout and give them a plan to stay in the classroom OR to leave and explore their next career.
Teacher burnout is defined as the persistence feeling that you are not exacting change in your classroom due to the societal problems that plague schools including: classroom disruptions, poverty, inadequate salaries, oversized classes, overbearing parents, excessive paperwork, cutbacks in supplies, threats, harassment, and overall disrespect. While teacher burnout is “glazed” over in many teacher preparation programs, the results of this condition are not only real, but threaten an entire class of professionals.
This course is for the teacher :
- who is looking for “what’s next” in their career.
- who loves to hear other teacher’s experiences of burnout and how they dealt with them
- who has 1-2 hours a week to dedicate to SELF IMPROVEMENT and SELF REFLECTION.
When I created this course, I thought long and hard about what made me “click” and how I could get that feeling back while teaching day in and day out. Before I hit “publish” on this course, I asked 10 of The Educator’s Room readers to review the course for me and they gave me this feedback:
“Wow. I had no clue that you went through all of this. Thank you for your experiences.”
“You made me rethink how I approach teaching. It’s time for me to put myself FIRST.”
“Thank you for affirming what I’ve already known. Teacher’s jobs are hard and we have to put ourselves FIRST.”
This self-paced, eight-week course is based in the book, Keep the Fire Burning: Avoiding Teacher Burnout, a best-selling book that 7 teachers sat down and created about how they overcame teacher burnout and how they used what they learned to either stay in the classroom or leave the profession all together. Each week has a theme and has 1-2 activities and readings that will give you the time (and resources) to be self-reflective.
During this course you will have lifetime access to the following:
- 8 weeks of course work full of strategies dealing directly with the causes of teacher burnout
- Access to a full-length best-selling book with teacher stories around teacher burnout for practical use
- 4 Private Podcasts with engaging advice on how to overcome teacher burnout
- Over 16 activities that allow teachers to process what makes them happy while in the classroom
- Daily Task Sheets, graphic organizers and other tools to get your life TOGETHER
- Access to a "Members Only" group for teachers to freely discuss what they experience in teacher burnout.
For fifteen years, I taught high school English/Language Arts in inner city children in both Memphis and Atlanta. During my time in the classroom, I managed to accumulate numerous teaching awards and always felt like my purpose in life was to work with the kids that many people forget-inner city children. In 2012 right after being voted Teacher of the Year, I was told that my district was going through a reduction in force and that I would have to reapply for my job. The day after I interviewed for my position, I started The Educator's Room to release some of the anger I felt around the profession. This blog has breathed new life into my professional life and has allowed me to pursue some opportunities outside of the classroom. Right now I work as a Literacy Coach in the metro Atlanta area and I love my job.
I can remember being in the classroom constantly thinking that we (teachers) are the real experts in education. I worked with so many people who possessed so much knowledge of their craft that I was amazed that they struggled for respect-whether it was in the form of their compensation or just their opinion on issues in education. When I started this blog, I told everyone about my idea, but many people didn’t believe that anyone would ever listen to just some “teachers”. Armed with my beliefs, I was able to recruit some fellow educators from across the country to write about all topics in education. Four years later, we have over 30 teachers on staff writing about their expertise in the classroom.
StartWeek One: Attacking Teacher Burnout At the Core
PreviewWeek Two: Where is My Happiness At?
StartWeek Three: Letting Go and Taking Charge
StartWeek Four: You're the Expert...Act Like it
StartWeek Five: Getting Your Voice Back...Teaching is Political
StartWeek Six: Time Management...The Clock is ALWAYS CLICKING
StartWeek Seven: Grading Practices That Work
StartWeek Eight: Teachers Lives Matter