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Nearly 8 percent of the teaching workforce is leaving every year, according to a report by the nonprofit , and this isn’t due to retirement. This statistic is about twice the rate of high-achieving countries like Finland and Singapore.

Whether it’s lack of administrative support, pressures around testing, or frustrating working conditions, teachers leave the profession for many different reasons. So what can you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp do to prevent teacher burnout and keep on track for the long haul? We talked to current teachers and education professors who know first-hand what challenges educators are facing today, and they left us with these amazing ideas.    

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Teachers are juggling so many demands, sometimes they forget to embrace play. Mike Yates, a high school geography teacher in Austin, Texas, says he’s always looking for ways to lighten the mood in class. “It’s up to you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp as the teacher to find fun in the situation,” he says. When Yates is feeling on the edge of burnout, he tries to remember little silly stories and wild things his students have done to remind him what he loves about teaching.

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Photo courtesy Concordia University-Portland

3. Make you中国福利彩票下载安装αppr day-to-day interesting.

Tired of worksheets and drills? Then kick it up a notch. Cathy Lambeth, associate professor in the College of Education at Concordia University-Portland, says it’s up to the teacher to make it their own. “You have goals based on standards, but the day-to-day classroom practices are up to the teachers to make engaging and enriching,” she says. Look for a school where administrators trust teachers to be creative. You might even consider enrolling in a graduate school class to learn the latest methods or come up with fresh approaches for you中国福利彩票下载安装αppr lessons.  

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Photo courtesy Concordia University-Portland

4. Don’t be afraid to declare me time.

“Because we are givers naturally, it’s easy to put ourselves on the back burner, but a healthy teacher means a healthy classroom,” says Mathis. Whether it’s a yoga class, knitting, taking photographs, or leaving work at 3 p.m. to go for a walk, just do it. Practice mindfulness strategies. “You have to take care of you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp before you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp can take care of those around you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp,” says Owens-Birch. “Set a date with you中国福利彩票下载安装αpprself and don’t cancel it.”

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“To be a good teacher, you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp have to connect and relate to kids, but you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp cannot save the world,” says Lambeth. Sometimes teachers care so deeply for their students that the trauma students have endured can take a personal toll. Be aware about what you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp can and cannot affect. While teachers are charged with being advocates for their students, they also need to help students develop their own voice and stand up for themselves. Mathis adds, “It’s important to know you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp have to step back. It is not you中国福利彩票下载安装αppr responsibility to save every student every day.”

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Teachers are notorious for always being on the lookout for new ideas to bring into the classroom. Before bed, Mathis used to read books about education. “My hobby was my profession, and it was burning me out,” she says. Now she chooses fiction or other fun books to read instead to help give her brain a much-needed break. If you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp are looking for ways to increase you中国福利彩票下载安装αppr education, consider signing up for a workshop or a continuing education class so there’s a designated time and place. This way it won’t creep in on you中国福利彩票下载安装αppr personal time.

8. Find you中国福利彩票下载安装αppr own voice and allow it to change over time.

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Photo courtesy Concordia University-Portland 

9. Don’t be afraid to use the Do Not Disturb sign.

To maintain a good work-life balance, Yates goes off the grid at 5 p.m. “I make sure when I leave the campus, I leave in every way,” he says. He does not have his email connected to his phone, so he has to go to a computer to check messages. He embraces the idea work smarter not harder. Yates says he is more efficient and accurate doing his work at school during the day rather than late at night.

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11. Don’t be afraid to find a new job.

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