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TEACHER BURNOUT:
How to Avoid it and
Enjoy Teaching

Natalie Spencer, MEd, LPC
11.8.09
What is
Burnout ?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3746121050

/
Burnout is a state
of

emotional
,

mental, and

physical
exhaustion
caused by

excessive
and prolonged

stress.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_lacy/2645832358/sizes/o

As stress continues , you begin to
lose the interest or motiva...
The National Commission on Teaching and
America’s Future has calculated that
nearly a 1/3 of all new teachers

leave the p...
Stress vs. Burnout
Stress

Burnout

Characterized by over
engagement

Characterized by disengagement

Emotions are over re...
Consequences

Burnout results in
quality of

teaching.

low
How Do You Handle
`a~
?

Stress

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/2821894918/in/set-72157594186207104/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvcg/2602956776/sizes/l

What Can
You Do?

/
 FIND

A
MENTOR

http://www.flickr.com/photos/flahertyb/3774874300

/
Learn To Say

NO
Get Plenty of Sleep

http://www.flickr.com/photos/flik/172629460/sizes/o
TRY SOMETHING
NEW
http://www.flickr.com/photos/spursfan_ace/1302413087/sizes/l/
Create

Realistic
To Do

Lists

http://www.flickr.com/photos/koalazymonkey/3596829214/
Talk To Someone

POSITIVE!!
Professional
Development
Leave

Teaching
at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/slayer23/3534125162

/

School
Celebrate What It Means To
Be A

http://www.flickr.com/photos/clevercupcakes/2328314215

/

Teacher!
What Are You Going To Do?


Take a few
minutes
and think
about what
we
discussed.
How will

you

avoid

burnout as you
begin your

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricomarcelli/2715298922/

teaching
career?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3924852858/sizes/l/in/set-72157594186207104/

Thank
Sources
 About.com
 www.helpguide.org/mental/burnout

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  1. 1. TEACHER BURNOUT: How to Avoid it and Enjoy Teaching Natalie Spencer, MEd, LPC 11.8.09
  2. 2. What is Burnout ? http://www.flickr.com/photos/mythoto/3746121050 /
  3. 3. Burnout is a state of emotional , mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_lacy/2645832358/sizes/o As stress continues , you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain /
  5. 5. The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future has calculated that nearly a 1/3 of all new teachers leave the profession after just 3 years, and that after 5 years almost half are gone. NY Times,2008
  6. 6. Stress vs. Burnout Stress Burnout Characterized by over engagement Characterized by disengagement Emotions are over reactive Emotions are blunted Loss of energy Produces helplessness and hopelessness Leads to anxiety disorders Leads to detachment and depression Primary damage is physical Primary damage is emotional May kill you prematurely May make life seem not worth living Source: Stress and Burnout in the Ministry
  7. 7. Consequences Burnout results in quality of teaching. low
  8. 8. How Do You Handle `a~ ? Stress http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/2821894918/in/set-72157594186207104/
  9. 9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvcg/2602956776/sizes/l What Can You Do? /
  10. 10.  FIND A MENTOR http://www.flickr.com/photos/flahertyb/3774874300 /
  11. 11. Learn To Say NO
  12. 12. Get Plenty of Sleep http://www.flickr.com/photos/flik/172629460/sizes/o
  13. 13. TRY SOMETHING NEW http://www.flickr.com/photos/spursfan_ace/1302413087/sizes/l/
  14. 14. Create Realistic To Do Lists http://www.flickr.com/photos/koalazymonkey/3596829214/
  15. 15. Talk To Someone POSITIVE!!
  16. 16. Professional Development
  17. 17. Leave Teaching at http://www.flickr.com/photos/slayer23/3534125162 / School
  18. 18. Celebrate What It Means To Be A http://www.flickr.com/photos/clevercupcakes/2328314215 / Teacher!
  19. 19. What Are You Going To Do?  Take a few minutes and think about what we discussed.
  20. 20. How will you avoid burnout as you begin your http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricomarcelli/2715298922/ teaching career?
  21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3924852858/sizes/l/in/set-72157594186207104/ Thank
  22. 22. Sources  About.com  www.helpguide.org/mental/burnout 
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