Burn Out
Sun May 31, 2015 08:38

Hey Allison! Your fear (and mine and probably every teacher's) of striking out and not finding anything that works leads me to think of the danger of burn out. So many teachers, especially special educators, are asked to do so much and sometimes it gets too overwhelming and the situations too desperate. We can't let that happen. Your suggestions for engaging in professional development and connecting with other teachers, parents, and professionals are great ideas for helping students learn how to read but they also are great ideas for staying 'alive' in the teaching career. Keeping interested and forming support networks will both give us information and knowledge we need to help our students succeed and will help us stay happy and healthy as teachers. I see it almost as the "I Can network" that Chris Varney speaks about in his TEDTalk.. we have to have a network of people (family and friends and other teachers) that helps us see what we can do and what we have accomplished. This will get us through those tough situations where we want to give up on a student because nothing has worked yet. We will find something that does!

  • Then what? - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 15:36
    I think this topic touches on what is one of my biggest fears as a teacher- what if nothing works? It's a scary thought that we have to decide what we believe is best to help our students and then... more
    • Ignorance is not bliss - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:47
      Allison, If nothing works you haven't tried everything, you've given up to soon, you lack creativity, or you haven't read enough or studied enough or talked to enough colleagues or really paid... more
    • Burn Out - miloshcl, Sun May 31 08:38
    • Me too! - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 15:57
      I am so glad that I am not the only one that has that fear! But I think that part of choosing action to put in place for our students with ASD is knowing more than just their name, it is really... more
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