If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.” -Donald Quinn
What if everything you’ve been taught about being a good teacher
has set you up for career burnout?
Teacher burnout is not epidemic because something is wrong with teachers.
Teacher burnout is epidemic because the unspoken rules of ‘good teaching’ set us up for frustration, impossible goals, unrealistic expectations, unhealthy relationships, poor boundaries, diminishing professionalism and the personal heartache that comes having the job you wanted to love suck the life out of you.
Some people will tell you that that’s just how teaching is – so get used to it or get another job.
I think we can expect more out of the profession we love. Teaching can be a place where teachers can thrive so students, schools and communities can blossom.
Teacher Wellness Code is the only course that unpacks the real reasons why you are burning out and walks you through rebuilding a resilient career and personal life with the 9 keys to breakaway from burnout.
Available as private coaching and as an online course.
Teacher Wellness Code Mini-course is available as a workshop for schools.
Please contact Joanna through the contact page to learn more.
A portion of proceeds from all coaching, courses and workshops is donated to Shannen’s Dream. Shannen Koostachin was a youth education advocate from the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario. She advocated for safe, comfy schools and culturally-based education for First Nation Children. She passed away in a car accident in 2012 at the age of 15. Shannen’s Dream supports reconciliation and equitable funding in education for indigenous children in Canada through the First Nations Caring Society.
In 1988 I had the opportunity to visit Attawapiskat as part of a school-exchange program when I was a grade 8 student. We witnessed the devastating effects of the legacy of colonialism. Many First Nations schools receive less funding per student than provincial schools, and zero dollars for things like libraries, computers, languages or extracurricular activities. Inequitable funding often results in unsafe learning environments that may pose serious health concerns, including mold contamination, high carbon dioxide levels, rodent infestations, sewage, and inadequate or lack of heating. In fact, the new school built in Attawapiskat in 2012 replaced the previous school that had been built on contaminated ground (a diesel spill) and was deemed a serious health hazard.
On that trip, we also witnessed the resilient spirit of the people of Attawapiskat, of which a young woman like Shannen is just one example. The impact of that trip has stayed with me. Reconciliation is a journey that has just begun for Canada. To learn more about Shannen’s Dream and the work towards equity in education funding for Indigenous youth in Canada please visit www.fncaringsociety.org