You may find yourself saying things like, "No matter how hard I work, the results will be the same: disappointing."
You used to love teaching, going to school, interacting with students, their parents, and your administrator. But, things are different now.
You've been overtaken by the apathy, overwhelm, and frustration that comes from years of working really hard with little return on your time and thought investments.
Your students aren't engaged in your lessons, don't care about their grades, and neither do their parents.
Your administrator only seems to notice you when they are observing you, or you simply don't have the relationship that you wish you would with them. It would help, if one would stick around long enough for them to remember your first name.
Although you have had wonderful relationships with your coworkers in the past, things just aren't the same. Everyone's always so busy, running around trying to get their own stuff done, that you haven't taken time to foster those relationships that used to keep you going. Any and all conversation revolves around how crappy everything is and how horrible student behavior is, so why would you want to talk to anyone anyway?
You're now so apathetic to your own work that you don't see the point in being in your classroom every day and you're lacking connection with everyone around you.
You don't know why you're in education anymore and don't know what to do or where to start in fixing the way that you feel.
You may find yourself saying things like, "I used to love being so involved in leading clubs, teams, and other committees in my school, but I'm over it. I just want to do my job as a teacher and go home. I didn't mind grading at night and on weekends, but now, it’s just gotten out of hand.”
When you started teaching, you were happy to take on extra responsibility, either because you had the extra time or because you were simply happy to do it. You didn’t mind putting in the extra hours of planning, prepping, grading, and entering. But now, you’re starting to see what you’re missing out on because of all of your responsibilities outside of school.
You've grown out of love for the extra responsibilities and work that has piled up over the months or years. Perhaps your personal responsibility has changed and you simply don't have as much free time. Either way, you don't feel you can keep going at this pace.
Now, you're beginning to resent your students or teachers for coming to your room during your prep to chat with you and you're resenting other teachers who are leaving directly after contract hours. They don't have the strong relationships that you do with kids or the extra responsibilities that you've taken on, nor do they seem to have as much grading and prepping to do as you.
You love teaching, just not all of the 'extras' that you've committed to and now you're at a crossroads: Either you keep trying to do all the things you’ve committed to and the expectations you and your school have put on you, risking a nervous breakdown, or make some changes. But how?
You're probably saying things to yourself like, "I still love education and teaching, but I'm just so bored with what I'm doing now. My students deserve someone who is passionate about this grade and this subject. I need to find something that ignites me again."
You're a natural teacher. It's always come easily to you and you've always been ready and willing to roll with the punches that a career in education can bring.Your students, coworkers, and administrators enjoy your passion for teaching and how much positivity you bring to the table. You're a valuable asset to your team.However, you've become increasingly, shall we say, unmotivated as the months and/or years have gone by. You're having trouble finding joy in the day-to-day grind of teaching.
You aren't angry, disgruntled, or frustrated with anyone who you work with or for, and you feel that something is wrong with you. Everything is peachy, so why are you feeling so dissatisfied?
You feel you need a challenge in your professional life. Something new. Something that will push you to learn new things, meet new people, or go to new places, but you're consistently at odds with yourself.
You feel you should be happy with your situation, but you just aren't anymore. Where do you even start?
You're not burned-out, just in need of a little adjustment here or there.
You may find yourself saying things like, "I still love coming to work, but something's just off. I can't stop thinking about ________."
Every job has its ups and downs. Some days are better than others and the fact is, there are some things about every career that are just "blah."
Maybe there was a change in administration at your school or you're in a new grade level this year?
Or perhaps there has been a major life change for you, outside of school, that's thrown you off balance a little bit.
There could be many reasons that things just aren't "right" at the moment, but struggles are temporary, as long as you identify them early and start taking steps to redirect them... which you've already done by taking this quiz!
You've got this! Burned-In Teacher is here to help you through this rough patch in your career.