3 Graduate Credit Hours (ED500)
A recent U.S. poll tells us that 82% of teachers are reporting low morale and an overwhelming feel of burnout. In 2019, the average teacher left the profession within 5 years of being in the classroom.
We all know that teachers are high achievers who work hard and are continuously looking for ways to improve themselves and their classrooms. Although these traits are commendable, it can cause educators to fall prey to perfectionism, leading to little time for relaxation and recuperation.
Teaching is a rewarding yet demanding career, requiring constant guidance to students in the form of ideas, knowledge, opportunities and guidance. With long hours and a heavy workload, it's easy to fall prey to teacher burnout, especially if you are running on empty. Teachers need to spend time taking care of their needs, balancing their lives with health and mental wellness. Without proper support, teachers are in danger of being overworked and not taking care of their own mental and physical health needs. This course will provide teachers with ideas on how to avoid and recover from teacher burnout.
Required Text(s) and Other Materials:
All materials will be provided by the instructor in the Canvas classroom.
Learning Management System: Internet access, connection to Canvas learning management system portal.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
· Evaluate their learning style and set goals for change
· See the educational system through a different scope
· Adjust teaching styles to meet the needs of todays generation
· Better create connections between community and students
· Assist students in moving outside of their comfort zone
· Focus on positivity and resolve the negative conflicts surrounding schools
· Reflect on current and past ideals and look forward to future goals in the classroom
Teacher Burnout: It's a Thing!
Mercedes Rasmussen, M.A, M.Ed., is a business teacher and DECA sponsor with 25 years of experience in the secondary classroom and 2 years of experience as an instructor at the University level in the area of Teacher Education. She believes in the power of building strong relationships with students and building a warm and welcoming classroom environment. In her free time Mercedes enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons. She is passionate about helping teachers enhance and build curriculum that engages students and helps to build excitement and confidence.