• Misc.,  School

    Three strategies for avoiding burnout at work

    I quit teaching after 10 years. After about a year and a¬†half of working a 9-5 job, I was ready to go back, but it took an additional year to find the right school for me. My first year back, I spent most of the school year commuting almost 3 hours roundtrip. By the end of May, I was a frazzled mess. My goal this school year is to put myself first and avoid burnout. How am I doing that?   Strategy 1 – Leave work at work Teachers are notorious for grading and lesson planning at home. Since my school went 1:1 this year, I do spend a fair…

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    Adventures in Back to School

    August is a time of mixed emotions… Sadness for the end of my freedom. For teachers, summer represents freedom. Freedom to spend time with our families, to sleep late, stay up late. Freedom to eat when we want, and at our leisure. Freedom to drink as much coffee or water as we want because we can pee anytime we want. Excitement for the fresh start. Our students are new and capable of so much. My classroom is organized and clean. I have so many plans for new activities, new experiments, new ways of doing things since all my students will have laptops. Sadness for the end of the summer greenness.…