Hello professor and students. For my assignment, I have decided to focus on psychological burnout in teachers. The first article entitled “Widening the Mentor Circle” by Jacqueline Darwin, discusses the challenges of teachers who must adjust their teaching styles to a variety of students such as ELLs (English language learners) and those with disabilities and disorders (Darvin, 2018). A great deal of paperwork is also required within the position and can lead teachers to become overwhelmed and burned out.
The second article, “Is it burnout or demoralization?” by Doris A. Santoro, discusses the definition of burnout and how it can occur when teachers no longer feel satisfied and fulfilled in their field (Santoro, 2018). Demoralization refers to moral dissatisfaction as teachers feel they are ethically doing what is wrong but is required of them.
The final article, “Empirically derived profiles of teacher stress, burnout, self-efficacy, and coping and associated student outcomes” focuses on how emotional exhaustion can lead to burnout (Herman, Hickmon-Rosa, & Reinke, 2018). Teaching in and of itself can be a stressful profession; stress experiencing long-term can lead to long-term burnout. Burnout can also lead to teachers leaving the profession altogether.
I believe that teacher burnout is a serious issue that must be addressed before it is too late. Both burnout and demoralization are serious issues that can lead to well-qualified teachers from teacher turnover. Teachers may eventually turn to other fields if they are unable to overcome burnout. If this issue becomes more seriously addressed as well as ways to reduce burnout from occurring in the first place, teacher burnout will not remain as serious of an issue.
Darvin, J. (2018). Widening the mentoring circle: Even the best-assigned mentor can’t be all things to a teacher sliding toward burnout. We need to weave broader webs of support. Educational Leadership, 75(9), 52-57.
Herman, K., Hickmon-Rosa, J., & Reinke, W. (2018). Empirically derived profiles of teacher stress, burnout, self-efficacy, and coping and associated student outcomes. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 20(2), 90-100.
Santoro, D. (2018). Is it burnout? Or demoralization? Demoralization happens when educators face persistent challenges to their professional values. Educational Leadership, 75(9), 10-15.