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Posted by FM on 12/10/2019, 1:09 pm, in reply to "Burnout
Lots of good stuff so far. Biggest emphasis for me is that unless there is something I specifically need to look for, I never access work email from home, and I have no idea whatsoever how to access work email through my phone. Only a few parents have my phone number, and any that call me for something stupid get blocked. I answer no calls after 9:00pm. Another thing I learned was to set aside a time during the day to answer emails. I used to 'just check before I leave' and two hours later I'd be worked up trying to answer stupid people. No more. After my last rehearsal or sectional, I turn off the lights and leave.
During my first two years, an older director told me that it was perfectly fine to go home and sit in front of the TV. May have saved me. I was starting to beat myself up that I wasn't spending my evenings doing 'homework'. Go out to eat. Go work out. Watch a movie. Go to sleep.
Statistically, year five is the #1 burnout point for teachers. Most teachers do not make it past year five. If you can push past this spot, you stand a better chance of making it for the long haul.
Iím on year 5 and super super burnt out. I heard everyone warning me at the beginning to be careful. I thought surely it wonít happen to me, I love band! But I was wrong. The burnout is due to a multiple factors but I need advice on what you do when you have gotten to that point. I started my career with full speed ahead and now I feel like Iím in a rut. Iím to the point where I have found myself often thinking of trying another career but I donít know what I would do and think I would eventually come back when I realized I missed teaching band.
Positive advice much appreciated!