Why Teachers are Burning Out so Quickly

Teacher burnout is a phrase you might hear pretty often these days. The thing is I don’t think some people really understand why. You get summers off, you have good hours (some at least), and you also have scheduled breaks. The problem with these thoughts is that they are really only slightly true and they leave out what really happens in the classroom.

Do teachers really get summers off?

In a sense, yes, but in reality you have to get your classroom organized again, start planning what lessons you want to do, and don’t even make me mention the three weeks of professional development I had to endure last summer. Let me add that we our last day is not even until the second week of June, so am I really getting a summer break??

Teacher hours are easy

For some teachers, yes, they get to have their students from 8-2 or 9-3. Unfortunately I made the rookie mistake of accepting a position this school year for school hours of 8am- 4:15pm. That’s 8 hours of kids if you counted. They can also come to school at 7:30am to eat breakfast in their classroom, so really it’s longer than that. For me my hours are longer and it really really stinks. Lesson learned though. As for other teachers even though they may not have students after those hours, there is still endless amounts of grading, planning, and organizing (because let’s be honest kids are so messy).

Oh the behaviors you will get to see in a classroom

For some lucky teachers out there they will have a class with perfect angels who just know what to do and when to do it. A student has thrown a chair at me. I had a pencil thrown at my head because I moved on before the student was ready. The daily surprises are really endless. I was called every name in the book by a 7-year old, had my wrist pulled so hard that it swelled, and can hear children scream now in my sleep. This is really where the burnout begins. The behaviors are really where we are getting dragged down. Along with no help, too little or too much parent interaction, and having to do all the work listed above.

I have had so many crazy behaviors this year. Some of them I can’t even believe they have happened in a first grade class.

Nothing will make your blood boil so much when a kid has just traumatized the class by throwing a chair at their teacher (or even sadder when they are just used to it at that point), and you see them walking back into the classroom. Or when your wrist is swollen and hurts to use and your principal doesn’t even bat an eye. I get not wanted to expel students. Because you don’t know where they will end up, but what are we really teaching them? Certainly not the reality. We are teaching them that they can abuse and hurt people and they will still be there for them to do it again, they their choices have no real consequences, and that they deserve more attention than the other students in their class. They start building excuses.

Are we really helping students by ignoring these behaviors?

I wish I had an answer to this problem though. I just know the behaviors they are showing will get them put in jail and we are not showing them justice by brushing their choices off and stopping them from going down that path. Teacher burnout from these behaviors are increasing.

Teachers are under so much stress

Headaches, psoriasis, acne, and arthritis flair ups are just a few symptoms that I know of teachers around me (and myself) are experiencing coming from stress. With no help for behaviors, pressures of getting good test scores, and less personal time to help relieve stress; teachers are experiencing the side affects.

While these examples are just from my own experiences and feelings, I know many others that feel the same. Teachers are rock stars that do not get the recognition we deserve! So the next time you see a teacher you know or one you’ve just met; buy them a drink because they probably need it.

It is really no surprise to me when I see that the number of teachers changing their careers within their first three years. We don’t get paid enough for all that we go through. The teacher burnout is real, and if we want quality teachers in our schools, then we need to start making changes now.

Are you a teacher? What are your experiences?

p.s. good luck to all the teachers out there on our final stretch of the year!
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How I’m Able to Travel

How I'm Able to Travel

Everyday we see the blogs and Instagram accounts of people who give up everything and travel the world. They make money blogging and are able to see the world because of it. While I do have a blog, that’s not how I travel. There is really one big reason why I am able to travel and another factor that helps a lot in being able to afford it. So if you are wanting to travel more, I’m sharing how I travel and more ideas on how you can see the world!

Au Pairing

This is basically the number one reason why I am able to travel as much as I do currently. I live in Europe so it’s much easier to travel to another country over the weekend. While the daily life of an au pair is not glamorous or necessarily fun, you get to live in another country for free. If you want to know more about au pairing I have a whole tab dedicated to this topic. You can read more HERE!

Teaching English Online

This is a major factor that enables me to travel. While I do live for free, at 25 I do have bills and au pairing doesn’t pay that much per month. So I decided that if I wanted to travel I needed to do something more to make that happen. Teaching online has been awesome and I love the company. It’s pretty flexible and the hours work for my schedule. If you want to know more I also have a tab dedicated to this, you can read more HERE! Use my referral code: KCFDOT

Other Ideas

The two things listed above are basically the two major reasons why I am able to travel. But I do realize that a majority of people can’t do them for numerous reasons. So below I’ve listed more ideas on how you can travel based on things I’ve seen or heard of people doing based on their life.

College Students

In college I know that it is hard to travel because of time and also money. I think one of the best ways to travel and probably the easiest is to study abroad. You take classes that can count toward your major and also live in another country! I didn’t study abroad but I did go to Europe twice while in college. Both times I saved up money to go. The first time I went with EF Ultimate Break and was able to pay for the trip with monthly payments. The second time I went to Ireland for a week and the ticket was pretty cheap! Search for deals and start saving!

Families

Having a family might make it hard to travel. Not only do you have more schedules to work around, but it also costs more because you have more people. I don’t think this should stop you though! If you and your partner value traveling and want your children to experience the world then you should! I think paying off all debts or most is important so that you can focus on saving money to travel. Sell things you don’t need, downsize, and maybe pick up a second income.

Living paycheck to paycheck

I think this is pretty common for a lot of people. With student loans and maybe even just things that have happened in life, you can’t seem to save to travel. Like I said above, try to get your debt down first. Sell things you don’t need, downsize, get a second job. Take small trips or weekend trips for a while during this time. Once you are able to save enough, then you can start traveling more!

If you are anything like me, travel is a big part of my life and I want to keep it that way.

What do you do to be able to travel?

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How I Teach English Online From My Room

How I Teach English Online From My Room

Even though I am an au pair and have a job, the boys are at school and daycare for the whole day. This leaves me with a whole day free to do as I please. At first this was great, but after a while it gets a little boring. I needed something to do and I also missed teaching.

I saw multiple people talking about how they were teaching English online from their homes! How awesome is that?! At first I thought it was too good to be true and probably just a scam, but I tried it out anyways. And I’m excited to share with you!

How I Teach English Online

I actually teach English online two different ways. One is more informal with an app call Palfish. You can set your own hours and even what you want to teach. I do social conversations and just let students talk to me about whatever they would like instead of “teaching” them. I think it is a really low-risk way for non-native speakers to practice their English.

The second way, and the one I mostly use, is with a company called QKids previously Funbulous. Their Chinese name is “Jiuqu English.” Since China is 12 hours ahead of the U.S. the teaching times are in the morning or at night. The classes are only 30 minutes long and the lessons are provided for you! I honestly think this is the best and easiest job I have done before.

Qualifications

  • A degree or currently in school
  • Proficient in English
  • Outgoing personality

The Hours (EST) and Pay

Sunday through Thursday: 5:40am, 6:20am, 7am, and 7:40am

Friday and Saturday: Morning classes listed above along with: 7:40pm, 8:20pm, 9pm, 9:40pm, and 10:20pm

*These times may be different depending on time zone and dependent on daylight savings time

The classes are $8 per class and then $4 for standby if you didn’t have to teach. Each week you get a performance and an attendance bonus just for working and being on time!

Intersted? Apply!

I know, still seems too good to be true! But it’s not! If you want to know more or are interested in applying let me know! I am happy to answer any questions or give a referral. Also don’t hesitate to let them know I sent you their way 🙂

Click HERE to apply! Use my referral code: KCFDOT

 

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