In my 25 years education experience teachers and public
service workers have more unrealistic expectations placed on
them whilst expected to work with decreasing and underfunded
But so many make no complaint about it.
Because, as a therapist to many teachers, I've found it is their
deeply-held belief that they should be able to manage and if
they can't it's because they're not doing enough or not good
Very rarely do higher management or the creators of this
impossible, stress-laden infrastructure attempt to correct them.
Research has shown me that; if high-school teachers did
everything required of them to the letter they would be working
and extra 35 hours per week just to mark books.
It's impossible. Teachers get stressed, get ill, leave the
profession and many don't recover.
Once I show them the reality - the impossibility - of their
situation, they heave a sigh of relief. "Oh, I'm not inadequate.
The requirements are ridiculous. It's not my fault after all."
I recommend a strategy of instant simplification of everything
you do. Beginning with yourself and understanding you are not a
robot and the kids are watching you modelling stress, learn to
breathe better for a start.
You cannot learn or teach effectively whilst suffering stress
overload and heading for burnout.
You can instantly check your own stress levels and burnout
warning signs in my free report - Stop Teacher Burnout - Here.
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