It’s that time of year! The school year is nearly at an end with mentally and emotionally exhausted teachers counting down to the final day. While for schools the end is in sight with the long Summer break almost within reach of exhausted grasping hands, tutoring companies and afterschool providers don’t have the luxury of a rest.
In fact for afterschool providers Summer is the busiest and intense time of year so if you employ teachers how do you spot burn out and what can you do to help? Here are some thoughts from those in the know.
- Do you feel run down and drained of physical or emotional energy?
- Do you find that you are prone to negative thinking about your job?
- Do you find that you are harder and less sympathetic with people than perhaps they deserve?
- Do you find yourself getting easily irritated by small problems, or by your co-workers and team?
- Do you feel misunderstood or unappreciated by your co-workers?
- Do you feel that you have no one to talk to?
- Do you feel under an unpleasant level of pressure to succeed?
- Do you feel that you are not getting what you want out of your job?
- Do you feel that you are in the wrong organization or the wrong profession?
- Are you becoming frustrated with parts of your job?
- Do you feel that organizational politics or bureaucracy frustrate your ability to do a good job?
Followed with a rose colored spectacle article – End of Year Burnout: How to finish the marathon in stride offering the following ideas:
- Reconnect your kids and with your kids.
- Share your interests.
- Talk about the summer.
- Engage and encourage their aspirations and dreams.
- Have some fun.
TutorFi offers the following tips specifically for tutors:
- Learn to say “No”. You don’t have to volunteer to do every job that comes your way. Before agreeing to anything, make sure your schedule can comfortably handle it.
- Take one day at a time. It can be quite overwhelming to look ahead and see all you have to do. Take each day and it’s challenges as they come.
- Make sure you have some down-time everyday. It is so important to recharge yourself and spend a little time on you. If you have to, schedule it in. In order for you to be a good tutor to your students, you have to be good to yourself.
- Try online tutoring. Because online tutoring allows you to work from home, you won’t have to rush around gathering your tutoring supplies and hitting the road. Tutoring at home allows you to be comfortable in your environment. You can even tutor in your PJ’s if you want to!
- Get to know your students. Learn their likes and dislikes. Building a positive rapport with them in the beginning will make for enjoyable time with them.
Last year Huffington Post reported on a ‘mindfulness’ study that helped reduce stress and increase productivity in teachers suffering burn out at the end of the school year. Perhaps adding programs such as these to your tutor personal development plans will help stave off the slide and help protect productivity for your team.
As well as scheduling and tracking your sessions and student performance, Oases Online can be used to track tutor and staff personal development and goals.
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