What I Accomplished Over Break

In less than 24 hours, the majority of teachers across the country will be heading back to work, like most who have been on vacation, including our students, with a sigh and weighted-feet.  I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but who doesn’t love the freedom that time off from work provides?  Right now, I am 67/33 about going back.  I thrive on routine, I am energized by my career, and tomorrow doesn’t seem so bad.  Talk to me right after my alarm clock goes off and it might be a different story.

Alarm Clock

These past two weeks have been rejuvenating, rewarding, and have provided me ample reminders about gratitude and what is truly important in life: family and love.

I’ve also had a great sense of accomplishment with the time off.  I’ve been able to check off many tasks on my To-Do/Want-To-Get-Done-Someday list.

What I’ve Accomplished Over the Holiday Break

Reflective Teaching Challenge Day Nine: My Biggest Accomplishment

DAY NINE

Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about (or may not care).

More than one in four new teachers are suffering from ”emotional exhaustion” and almost burnt out soon after starting their careers, according to a Monash University study.

The reasons offered include a lack of administrative support, onerous compliance measures and much tougher emotional conditions than they expected to face, particularly in economically depressed areas

-“Burnout Hits One in Four Teachers” by Konrad Marshall from The Victoria Age

Ingersoll extrapolated and then later confirmed that anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years (that includes the nine and a half percent that leave before the end of their first year.) Certainly, all professions have turnover, and some shuffling out the door is good for bringing in young blood and fresh faces. But, turnover in teaching is aboutfour percent higher than other professions.

Approximately 15.7 percent of teachers leave their posts every year, and 40 percent of teachers who pursue undergraduate degrees in teaching never even enter the classroom at all.

-“Why Do Teachers Quit” by Liz Briggs from The Atlantic

The biggest accomplishment that I have experienced in my teaching career has to be that I’m still here.  After reading several accounts of teacher burnout rate reaching anywhere from 25% to 40%, even 50% within the first year, I am proud to say that I am still here.  My desire to remain in the classroom is higher now than it was when I first began.  I deal with all the same issues and draw backs as other teachers, and I am just as motivated to show up the next morning as ever.  It may not seem like anything that impressive, but it’s my biggest accomplishment.