Teacher Tired? How to Use Break to Prevent Burnout
Families and Coping | December 20, 2020
Special educator and teacher burnout, or just plain teacher tired, was a real problem before the pandemic. Now it’s a serious problem and I’m really worried. Because y’all are tired! And you should be! I have never. Never! Seen anyone do so much, with so little….and for so long.
Coping with Crisis Teaching
I’ve been saying regularly on social media and in newsletters recently that it’s important to remember that this is still crisis teaching. Everyone is stressed and Teacher Tired. Tensions and emotions run high. And that’s because this isn’t just about remote teaching. This is about teaching in the middle of a pandemic. Some of you have lost family members or those close to you. Many of you have quarantined or had friends or loved ones who have had to do so. Some of you have been sick. It’s a lot.
I’m not saying this to stress you out. I’m saying this because I think we need to acknowledge it. I think we have to be real about what we are facing or we can’t find a solution. I’m saying it because you need to know that it isn’t you failing –this has NEVER been done before. And frankly we have to adjust to move on.
Coping with Compassion Fatigue
In addition, we are coping with compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is real. Yep, it’s a real phenomenon among caregivers….like teachers. It’s different than burnout, which is caused by stress and is real enough in our field. It’s the emotional toll that caring for our students and families takes on us as well as the trauma we take on from caring for them. And this year the stress, the trauma and the emotional toll is all higher in and out of the classroom.Compassion fatigue is real and it relates very much to teachers this year more than ever with covid-19 teaching. Learn these strategies to mitigate it and help you cope.
Highlights of Episode 63: Teacher Tired
This episode is an episode from the heart of lessons I learned about compassion fatigue and having to adjust expectations to manage to get through. These are specific lessons that I’ve adapted to our current situation.
I wrote a post about them a few years ago, and you can read all the gory details here if you want. But that year taught me a lot. (Isn’t that one of the most frustrating things about stress….you learn things!). I’m also going to share some resources that might be helpful if you are looking for more strategies to help you move forward.
And then, the podcast (and I) are going to take a two-week hiatus over the break. I need to practice what I preach and rest my brain. And I need to do some planning for the coming year to bring you more content.