“We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.” – Jon Gordon
As public school educators, our work is kid-centric. We come to work each and every day to prepare students to be successful tomorrow. Our fourth grade teachers are preparing students to be successful fifth grade students next August. Our high school teachers are preparing students for college, workforce, or military.
We don’t get burned out preparing students. We don’t get burned out teaching or instruction. We get burned out with all of the other things . . . we get burned out by the adult world and the pressures placed on us that aren’t student related.
As this school year comes to an end . . . as we wind things down and prepare for summer . . . don’t forget why we do what we do. Each day with students is an opportunity to teach, to demonstrate, and to instruct. Don’t let any moments slip past you – don’t miss an opportunity to learn. Even at field day or the end of year pool party, we have a chance for instruction, to model, and to teach. It is why we do what we do.