Eng Essay 2 - Valerie Taylor Eng 103- 002 2-12-10 Topic:...

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Valerie Taylor Eng 103- 002 2-12-10 Topic: Teacher Burnout Question: What exactly is teacher burnout, and how can it be avoided? Annotated Bibliography “Another Look at: Teacher Burnout.” Far West Family Services . 1 Feb. 2010. <http://www.farwestfamilyservices.com/downloads/another_look/Teacher_Burno ut.pdf>. Far West Family Services is a counseling center that provides self-help brochures online. One of these brochures cautions teachers that neglecting personal welfare can result in teacher burnout, which is both an emotional and a physical syndrome, and generally characterized by individuals having no motivation or energy. The pamphlet then goes on to suggest a few life changes that can help teachers avoid burnout. First, teachers must set realistic expectations, both for themselves and their students. Second, they need to use time wisely and try to get as much work as possible done when they are at school. Third, teachers should pick a mentor who will help them stay on track and deal with problems they face in their classroom. Fourth, they need to have a balance between work and an outside life. Finally, teachers should always keep their personal health, both emotional and physical, in the front of their mind. 1
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Dworkin, A. Gary. “Perspectives on Teacher Burnout and School Reform.” International Education Journal . 2.2 (2001): 69-78. 29 Jan. 2010. <http://ehlt.flinders.edu.au/ education/iej/articles/v2n2/dworkin/paper.pdf>. A. Gary Dworkin, a college professor, submitted a paper to a scholarly journal that examines teacher burnout and how it can be prevented from two different perspectives. First is the psychological perspective, which says burnout is caused by a teacher’s inability to cope with stress. Hence, it can be avoided if teachers learn ways to deal with the inescapable stresses they face in their job. Second is the sociological perspective, which says burnout is caused by the structure of the school or education system. In this case, burnout can be avoided by changing how schools are run. To support the theory of the sociological perspective, Dworkin compares teacher burnout rates in one Texas district with three waves of reform that our nation experienced during the 1980’s and the 1990’s. In each wave of reform a different group of teachers had the highest rates of burnout. In all waves of reform, all teachers had higher burnout rates than they did before any reforms took place. Dworkin concludes that although the connection is not straightforward, school environment has a great impact on teacher burnout, and this needs to be considered when planning yet another change to the school system. Leland, Dr. William. “Teacher Burnout: How Do We Cope With It?” The Piano Education Page . 12 Jan. 2010. 1 Feb. 2010. <http://pianoeducation.org/ pnotburn.html>. Both a pianist and a piano teacher, Dr. William Leland suggests that burnout is not
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