Teacher burnout is a real issue in the field of education. Click here for some more information regarding teacher burnout. One way to avoid teacher burnout is to remember and focus on why you became a teacher in the first place – your purpose.
Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a two day retreat at St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre with other beginning teachers. During the retreat I was able to relax and forget about my to-do lists and simply concentrate on myself and my purpose as a teacher. It was also a surprise to me to come away with a role model. The centre was established in 1887 by Mary MacKillop and I gained insight into Mary MacKillop as an inspiring teacher.
When was the last time you took the time to stop, relax and think about what kind of teacher you want to be, the teacher you are currently being and your purpose as a teacher? It is so easy to fall into the stress of everyday life, we need to make time to stop and reflect.
Since the retreat, I’ve felt a lot more relaxed, confident, happy and content. Wouldn’t you love to bottle that up? Since we haven’t got that luxury, we need to find other ways to keep centred, feel inspired and focussed on our purpose.
We can’t always go away on retreats, so we need to find something to do at a time that suits us. It could be the first few minutes when you wake up, when you are alone in your classroom before your students arrive or at the end of the day. It could be as simple as a prayer, meditation, listening to a favourite song or reading inspiring quotes – anything that inspires you as a teacher.
How do you take time to relax and reflect on your purpose as a teacher?
Who inspires you as a teacher?