Teachers very rarely say no.
Whether it’s coaching a sports team, being asked to be part of a committee or helping out with a school event that n word very rarely crosses our lips.
Yesterday an after school activity I help supervise ran well over time and I didn’t leave school until after 7.00. Rather than push myself to be at school for a 7.30 meeting I decided the meeting wasn’t critical. Instead of wearing myself out, I simply emailed my leader to say I’d be late to the meeting.
Granted not all leaders would be cool with the email, but a tired and burned out teacher is not an effective teacher.
Nevertheless, I still felt guilty as I arrived at 7.40.
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In the corporate world I used to call this presenteeism. I see many teachers taking on too much and as you suggest burning out… getting sick etc… I did a post on this related to a PPTA article around “Teacher time is a limited resource” https://edwinbruce.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/saving-teachers-time/. School managment and individual teavhers have a responsibility to manage teacher time in a way that maintains a healthy work life balance.
Yes if we worried about teachers’ time as much as devices….
Love this – having experienced burn out myself I’m definitely learning my limits with teaching!
I’m still appalling at it.