Here is a scary thought for us newbie teachers: CTV News clip: Teachers Dropping like Flies (my own made-up headline).
We are all trying to find balance, but sometimes that seems impossible for me and I’m not even out there working yet. I was recently chatting with one of my high school teachers who congratulated me on beginning the profession, but added something along the lines of “your in for a challenging career.” I think most of us are feeling excited and ready to get out there while also listening to the public, friends, other teachers, and possibly kids even, who remind us the difficulties, challenges and stress that come with the job.
Sometimes it makes us want to turn around and look in to something else. Other times we sort of ignore those voices and take the cheesy “follow our dreams” attitude. I believe that both are valid thought processes for us as pre-service teachers. Here are some of the bits I’ve come across in the last few weeks that speak to my demographic: beginning teachers who are concerned about the real issue of teacher burnout.
I’m Tired – Blogpost by George Couros on exhaustion and it importance of just taking a break. You gotta do what you gotta do!
15 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Teachers -The advertising gets annoying, but I think these are great things to read – I’ll want to read them right before September of my first teaching job.