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Burnout is generally a lost of motivation due to physical, emotional and/or mental exhaustion. So what are some ways to keep your fire burning in the classroom? Here are some that work for me:
* Watch/learn from other teachers who inspire you. There is nothing like getting out of your classroom and gaining a different perspective. I remember a few years ago, after watching Ron Clark teach at his school in Atlanta, I came back to my classroom fired up and exploding with new ideas and motivation.
*Take a day off. Yes, I said it. I know principals might cringe, but sometimes you need a mental health day. You might need a break from the constant demand of children and parents. Go to the beach. Read a book. Take a nap. Get a good meal. Your students will be waiting when you get back and may even miss you.
*Experiment. Try a new lesson or project in the classroom. Dress up like a character in a novel. Use a fog machine. Ask parents to come in and share something from their culture or profession. Invite a community member to speak to the class. Guest speakers are a great way to break things up.
*Mentor someone. Help out a new teacher with their classroom management. Share a good lesson with them. New teachers bring new ideas and fresh motivation and can help you revive your passion.
Now, your turn. Help out by listing some ways you avoid burnout.