Our approach assumes that positive outliers have as much - or more - to teach us as those who have burned out and bailed. We studied the mindsets of award winning teachers who were doing good and doing well – year after year.
Our research shows that while top performers experience symptoms of burnout, over time they develop mindsets and strategies that help them strive --and thrive.
We worry about the rise of childhood depression, the nationwide teacher shortage, and the attrition of top performing teachers. Teacher burnout is part of the problem.
Teaching is tied with nursing as the most stressful profession and teacher turnover is at an all-time high, especially in urban schools. The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (2007) estimates that public school teacher turnover costs more than $7.3 billion per year.
What’s more, adult burnout has a negative impact on kids. According to a longitudinal study, elementary school teachers who showed more symptoms of depression created classroom environments that were less conducive to learning and contained students with the lowest rate of achievement (McLean & Connor, 2015). Teacher stress can lead to poor teacher performance as well as poor student outcomes.
We have found that teachers who lean toward mitigating the symptoms of burnout and cultivating its opposite, are able to sustain themselves and their performance. We help our clients manage this blend.