ERIC Number: ED408258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Teacher Burnout: Is It Real? Can We Prevent It?
Terry, Paul M.
Excessive, prolonged stress can alter the body's normal physiologic function. If adequate coping mechanisms are not instituted, this extreme state can lead to burnout. Burnout can be experienced with physical, intellectual, social, psycho-emotional, and spiritual adaptations. It has been estimated that up to 40 percent of U.S. teachers will not be teaching until retirement. If teachers are expected to continue teaching year after year with enthusiasm, then burnout prevention strategies must be implemented. Self-assessment, stress reduction, and proper diet, rest, and exercise are essential. The principal must take part in prevention efforts as well. Principals can give positive feedback, maintain high standards, encourage professional growth, promote support systems, and utilize parent and community involvement to assist in the prevention of teacher burnout. Teachers do not need to avoid stress but they must learn how to deal with it physically and psychologically to enjoy this challenging and rewarding profession. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Chicago, IL, April 8, 1997).