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What are the typical teacher burnout characteristics?
Burnout affects children, parents, teachers and tutors equally. Especially in this new world where we have to use different senses in this new way of communicating with each other.
In a world where our lives are built on virtual interactions, burnout is inevitable. In 2020, we experienced a huge upheaval. Although the world had been moving in a virtual direction the change came quickly.
Suddenly children were learning online, socialising online and even relaxing online. Their worlds revolved around living online. However, it has its pitfalls and virtual burnout has affected many.
Burnout involves a feeling of disinterest and exhaustion. The virtual environment, although entertaining, can be extremely draining. Virtual burnout would, just like other forms of burnout, have the following symptoms:
- Negative emotions
- Lack of motivation
- Feelings of overwhelm and exhaustion
Signs of burnout would then subsequently involve the following:
- Lack of focus/concentration
There are many other signs, however, virtual burnout could be hard to spot. As there could be various things that could cause similar symptoms. There are ways to manage and possibly prevent virtual burnout. For example:
- Make sure to take time away from devices. Have specific days or times of the day where devices are not allowed
- Create times for personal interaction with your child, away from devices and in-person
- Make sure they spend time reading physical books instead of digital versions
- Let them play outside as often as possible
- Make sure they don’t have devices with them at least an hour before bedtime. Uninterrupted sleep is very important.
What is teacher burnout?
Many teachers have lost their pre-pandemic sense of accomplishment. Then some of those teachers struggled to continue teaching at all.
A study conducted between March and June of 2020 administered a series of tests, including a burnout inventory similar to the MBI, to more than 3,500 healthcare workers in the UK, Poland and Singapore. Just under 67% measured as burnt out.
While historically the true burnout profile for employees in all professions hovers just above 10%.
And that’s a huge problem, because true burnout can’t be fixed with a vacation or a wellness retreat.
Avoiding true burnout on a wide scale is vital, especially because it could mean a drain of qualified people from skilled professions.