By Mutiah Fauzan
Besides traveling and painting, I have a passion for reading. I came across this article this unicorn of a theory called “teacher’s burnout”. What is it and why?
According to Psychology Today, they describe “burnout” as a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.
But how can teachers reach to that point? The answers are actually quite simple. Teachers with high self-efficacy always strive to push their students to reach out their highest potential. But, this is like double-edged sword. These type of teachers will non-stop looking for ways perfecting their techniques in order to achieve the best results. They tend to use their holidays perfecting their lesson; try to change their classroom themes; or sleep really late just to make sure he or she cover the whole aspect and to minimize flaws. Ironically, these factors play major part of teacher’s burn out.
I guess the moral of this story is, if your focus is about your students; if you love your job and your students; you need to love and pay attention to your mental being first.
A lesson is only as magnificent as the person who delivers the lesson.
So put your dancing shoes on. Go and have that massage that you really want. Think about this as a way for you to better yourself as an educator.