Are you burnt out? Or are you demoralized?
A recent article (passed on to me by a colleague) fits nicely with my series on teacher burnout that wrapped up last week: sometimes what we call burnout is actually demoralization. The difference is in the cause.
I have been lucky enough to work mostly in contexts that value and support good teaching and effective learning. Recently, though, there have been some administrative developments at our college that prioritize bean-counting over student achievement and teacher sanity. So far, resistance has been strong, and no sweeping changes have been made, but it is possible that, within a year or so, we will be inundated with a lot of time-consuming paperwork in a perhaps futile attempt to keep our remedial English classes to a manageable size. If this happens, I can foresee serious consequences for our morale. And even now, before any concrete…
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