Teacher burn-out is out of control. :(

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    I just learned today that one member of my team is currently looking for a new job. Another member said that she is done after this year. Both are in their 3rd year of teaching.

    The morale is so low at my school, and we've only just begun week 5! I'm doing ok, but it's sad to hear that so many people are miserable. :( The pressure of testing, merit pay, constantly analyzing data, and implementing the CCSS and RtI are really taking a toll on so many teachers. I really hope the pressure doesn't get to me this year.

    Is anyone else seeing similar problems in their school/district?
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    I just know one special ed teacher resigned this past Friday & she said 80% of it is due to the way this one high profile kid's parents have been. She said it's too stressful & she (already) has high blood pressure. The P was not happy. I work with this same kid too for speech. Now, he's one of the ones I wish I didn't have to work with, but what can you do!
     
  4. lucybelle

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    I'm burning out myself (but we only have 2 months of school left). We have a week off next week which I'm looking forward to eagerly. I'm not so burned out I'll quit! Just looking forward to the end of the year:)
     
  5. Peregrin5

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    People are unhappy with our district, but everyone that works at our school is extremely satisfied and happy. =]

    However at my previous school, burn-out was a problem as well. My cooperating teacher was in his 2nd year, and he's already looking for something else to do.

    I philosophy is that the job doesn't have to be stressful, but you've got to find the right way to do it, so I've been reading up on books to increase my mastery in teaching and make it as stressless as possible.

    Still, I am doing things inefficiently and it is my first year so I am freaking out everyday. Having caught something isn't making it better, especially since I just took a sick day for a doctor's appointment and I don't want to use them all up at the beginning.
     
  6. Cerek

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    Being a mid-life career changer, it's easier for me to see the grass isn't any greener on the other side. ANY job will have various amounts of stress, lazy coworkers, gossips, snitches, unfair situations and bosses who look for people to blame instead of reasons to praise.

    I've been licensed for 3 years and just got my first, full-time position this year. My school has it's share of headaches and problems and things I wish were different, but it also has lots of advantages as well. It's all a matter of perspective. I agree with many of the complaints teachers have about their job, but I know I've heard most of those same complaints in every job I've had. So I listen to what my team members say, I take instructions and directives from the P in stride, whether I agree with them or not, and I don't let the day-to-day stuff stress me out. I just work on improving my teaching methods and reaching as many kids as I can. The rest of the stuff really doesn't matter at the end of the day.

    I understand why many teachers DO get burned out, but I fear they will find many of the same frustrations in other jobs they take. At least with teaching, we DO have a chance to change the future for the kids we teach - and that is what keeps me going every day.
     
  7. McParadigm

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    I 100% agree.
     
  8. smalltowngal

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    I don't see too much burn out in my school. Most teachers are very happy. Of course we're faced with the paperwork, parents, unmotivated students, etc; but generally speaking, we have a good group of kiddos. I do know in my previous district, there is a lot of burnout because they are putting so much pressure on the teachers.
     
  9. catnfiddle

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    I'm straddling the chance of burnout after five years of teaching, but I'm in this for the long haul. Fortunately, my school offers a number of ways to take a break from day-to-day teaching to work in administration. If you want to return to teaching, they're thrilled to send you back to your students. I started teaching full-time when I was 35, so I have a long way to go to put in my retirement time. Relieved I have a number of options to get there without losing my mind.
     
  10. McParadigm

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    It'd be interesting to be able to analyze the data on burnout in teachers based on what type of district they work in. Attrition is much higher in severely low income, high ESL, and/or gang violence schools.

    I've worked in both types, with most of my career being spent in the type of school described above. In that school, 10-15% turnout was typical every year (by my 4th year, I was considered an "old hand"). It's been maybe even a little worse the last few years. Last year, 11 out of 50-some odd teachers left for other schools in the district or for other jobs entirely. Two others that I know of explored the idea of other work, but didn't find anything they were ready to jump ship for.
     
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    I can't tell if it's teacher burnout or if it's just pregnancy symptoms, but I'm feeling worn out, like I'm pulled ten directions, I'm frustrated sooner and quicker... Of course it's not something I show, but sometimes I wonder if it's the teaching, or just my current state.
     
  12. JustMe

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    Okay, I am going to share a very massive brain blip I just had, though I should probably keep it to myself! I knew you are not in the U.S...but when you said you only have two months of school left, my first question was, "What month is it where you're at?" Wow. :haha:

    To the OP, it doesn't surprise me but it does make me sad. It's very frustrating. I'm on year seven and so much has changed in that time.
     
  13. TeacherNY

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    I think the seasons are opposite down where she is so she is having her "summer" break when we have our winter break?

    I for one can't wait until Thanksgiving break which will be for 4 days. Teachers in my school get burned out a lot quicker because we have mandatory summer school and don't get as much off time as other teachers.
     
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    Duuude, there are SOOO many cranky teachers at the school I work at. They are even more cranky than last year due to some big changes such as furlough days and increased class sizes.

    I teach in an afterschool program and I gotta say I love this job way more than being a normal teacher. If I want something for an art or cooking project, my director will get it for me and in my classroom the next day. I plan all activities (for me and for my teammates) and I love that freedom. Each week we have a fun theme. I'm in no rush to get back into the classroom.
     
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    :lol::lol: Good one!

    Since we're near the equator we don't really have seasons. We're in "rainy" right now, but it's the freaking driest rainy season ever!!! But yes, our "summer" break is Dec-Feb:)
     
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    IDK that we're feeling burned out, but we're definately feeling frazzled. We're planning and getting things mapped out for common core, which my district will switch to next year. We don't get any additional time to do this, so it's like we have the regular day-to-day stuff plus common core. Today, 45 minutes was wasted on a reward extra recess, a program, etc. Things like that really get on my nerves and make me feel even farther behind. :mad: My family calls me the enemy of fun. :rolleyes:

    I'm kind of having early burn out because there's a job I know of that I would have probably pursued had it opened up during the summer, more moolah and less stress. It's kind of like I'm wondering if the grass would be greener on the other side. Oh, well. I'm not breaking my contract, so I guess I'll never know, *sigh*

    Beth
     
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    Definitely had an extended facepalm moment this evening, which leads to burnout if repeated. Found out a student is lying to me to the point that her pants may just be on fire. Had to turn her in to Truancy so I didn't have to call her at home and tell her how well documented her lying to me really is.

    The thing about teaching online is that it's always THERE. I'm always just a few steps away from my home office. My students call in the middle of the night, so I had to permanently turn off the ringer. I don't think I've ever made a 90% pass rate and I'm probably the easiest grader in my grade level. Because my students are physically in front of me, they can ignore me, but I'm still accountable for them.
     
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    Two teachers already quit at my school. Everyone is about at breaking point. I came home and slept from 6:30pm til 4am last night.

    Something has got to give in my district.
     
  19. YoungTeacherGuy

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    My district has a very low teacher turnover rate (actually, I think it's non-existent). BUT...that doesn't mean we're not worn out! As far as my grade-level team is concerned--we work our tails off and we're always tired! We've definitely seen great results since school started seven weeks ago, though, so I'm feelin' like our hard work is paying off!
     
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    I'm drudging through a rigorous grad program & a new job. I'm only on year 2 for each. I switched gears from (a very brief time of) special ed teaching to this field (SLP) & I sure hope I don't start getting burned out before I really know what I'm doing on this new job. :mellow:

    No, I think that once I really know the job well, it will almost feel like smooth sailing because I would have been out of school. Most of my adult life, I've been in school & worked at the same time.
     
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    My questions to those citing significant burnout:
    1) Is yours a district that has suffered significant layoffs (in the last few years)?

    2) What income level is your school (because I would guess that it's higher in lower income areas than the suburbs)?

    For people looking for work, it's amazing how people up and quit 3 years into their supposed career. I wonder what these people think is out there for them? Another career? It's very tough for ALL out there, and certainly whatever career a (previous) teacher thinks she can get into, there are undoubtedly candidates who have already been in that profession (who aren't trying to jump in mid-stream). Another teaching job? If you can't handle it there, it's very likely that you can't handle it somewhere else. hashtag Quitting.
     
  22. TamiJ

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    That makes my 5:00 pm to 8:37 pm nap on Thursday seem not so long.
     
  23. czacza

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    Other than retirees, it's been YEARS since anyone left on their own choice in my school.
     
  24. waterfall

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    I've seen a lot of burn out in both of my schools. My previous school was honestly a pretty good one. Somewhat lower test scores, but not enough to get us "in trouble" or worry about takeover/turning into a charter or anything like that. We had several teachers quit last year (end of the year though, not in the middle) due to all of the crazy new requirements and the fact that the salaries didn't match the cost of living in the area. I saw a trend where once people had kids they didn't stick around long after that because they said the demands of school and family were just too much. Another teacher about my age was dying to quit, but she kept coming back to the fact that she didn't have any other marketable skills, and what job was she going to do if she quit? She's still there this year as far as I know. My current district is apparently "working hard to reduce turnover" but I don't really see that working out, at least in my school. Many of the older veteran teachers keep asking how we new teachers are doing because they want people to stick around. It's different here because the school is so large that there are many staff that I just pretty much never see, but of the people I see on a daily basis I know a lot are extremely frustrated.
     

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