For Beginning Teachers: “Stay Sane” Resources

Here is a scary thought for us newbie teachers: CTV News clip: Teachers Dropping like Flies (my own made-up headline).

Stress ball being squeezed.

cc licenced flickr photo shared by bottled_void

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.

The Myth of the Super Teacher – Witty talk for beginning teachers. Worth the twelve minutes! Shared by Dean Shareski on his first of four relative blogposts.

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.

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3 Responses to For Beginning Teachers: “Stay Sane” Resources

  1. John Lintott

    My internship was the most challenging and most significant part of my life (well, at least in my top ten), and I can tell you I was feeling quite burnt out towards the end. I’m not an expert in the area of burnout, but one thing I learned to combat burnout is to realize your not alone. Other people to help with assignments, other people to help with lesson planning, even just other people to talk to. Being able to rely of colleagues, friends, and family can only help so much, but trying to go it alone was killing me. Thanks for the links, especially the video. I’ll at least try to remember when Halloween is in my first year.

  2. Greg

    Thanks for the links. It’s nice to hear somone say that you have time to develop as a teacher and that it is a process to become a good or great teacher. I have been reading a bit about teacher burn-out for an Ed-Admin class, and it is too bad that many school divisions do not conduct exit surveys with teachers leaving the profession. I hope that changes and more information (and supports) become availble for struggling or “burnt-out” teachers.

  3. jub574

    I love the word “challenging” and I agree that is what our career will be, but everyone needs a challenge – we will be challenged and our job is to challenge the students! Lots of pressure, but so exciting!