Sometimes, teaching is more like bombardment: Grading hundreds of essays, placating disgruntled parents, accommodating learning needs, sweating out the principals’ nerve-wracking classroom observation. And then there are the stressors of life beyond the classroom.

Being a teacher can be tough. It is rewarding but also overwhelming and, at times, can take a personal and professional toll.

But that doesn’t have to be, explained educator Justin Ashley in the edWebinar “Catching Happiness: How to Work Through Burnout and Be a Joy-Filled Teacher.” Ashley shared ways to counteract teacher burnout to build socio-emotional health and increase happiness.

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Ashley was a teacher burnout victim. His fallout was severe: He became addicted to prescription drugs, wasn’t spending time with his family, didn’t sleep enough, and finally landed in rehab, his life having come undone. His is a cautionary tale for teachers. How do they walk the fine line between professional and personal well-being?

About the Author:

Michele Israel writes about the ideas and best practices that are shared in edWeb’s edWebinars so they can spread innovative and best practices to the education community. Michele owns Michele Israel Consulting, LLC, which serves large and small educational, nonprofit, media, corporate, eLearning, and blended-learning organizations to bolster products and programs. Her rich career spans over 25 years of successfully developing educational materials and resources, designing and facilitating training, generating communication materials and grant proposals, and assisting in organizational and program development. In addition to lesson plans and other teacher resources, Michele’s portfolio includes published articles covering a range of educational and business topics.


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