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Strategies to Avoid Teacher Burnout

In January, we realize that we are half way through the year.  Feels like just yesterday we were setting up our classrooms, buzzing with fresh ideas and plans for the months ahead. If you’re anything like me, some of those grand plans from September might be collecting dust by now. It’s totally normal, and it’s the perfect time for a little mid-year check-up.


The Reality Check

Let’s be real for a sec. All those awesome ideas we pinned and saved from Instagram and Pinterest at the start of the year? Some worked out great, but others… not so much. It’s a bit like making New Year’s resolutions – super ambitious at the start, but life happens, and adjustments are needed.

What’s This ROI Business?

I stumbled upon this business concept that’s actually super useful for us teachers – Return on Investment (ROI). Sounds fancy, but it’s all about asking, “Is all the time and effort I’m putting into this new classroom strategy really paying off?” Because let’s face it, we’ve all been down the rabbit hole of “cool teaching ideas” that end up being more trouble than they’re worth.


Boundaries Are Your Best Friend

I learned a big lesson when I shifted from full-time to part-time teaching: setting boundaries is a game-changer. There’s no point in cutting back your hours if you’re still working like you’re full-time, right? It’s all about finding smarter ways to work that don’t eat into your me-time.


The Great Idea Dilemma

Ever heard of the “blurt bean jar”? It’s one of those strategies that sounds great on paper but think about the nitty-gritty – managing it day in, day out. It’s the same with any new classroom or parent communication strategy. They all sound great until you’re swamped trying to keep up with them.


Keep It Simple, Keep It Sane

The goal here isn’t to ditch every new idea but to pick and choose what really works for you and your students. If a strategy is making you more stressed than effective, it might be time to let it go or find a simpler way to do it. You might even need to rethink your timetable and come up with a different way to fit everything in.  Morning meetings are great, but if it is taking too long at the beginning of the day why not move this to the end of a period so you are stopped by the bell.

A Little Heart-to-Heart

As we gear up for the second half of the year, let’s take a moment to think about what’s really working in our classrooms and what’s just adding to our stress. It’s okay to let go of things that aren’t serving us and focus on what makes us and our students thrive.


So, here’s to making the rest of the year as fulfilling as possible, without overdoing it. Remember, teaching is a marathon, not a sprint. A little work-life-balance never hurt anyone! Let’s pace ourselves and enjoy the journey. Cheers to a great second half!

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