Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Teacher burnout

We can think of homework reduction as an act of kindness for teachers. Read this article on teacher burnout,, and consider how homework reduction can help teachers in the long run.

Here is the comment I posted for this article:

Good tips. I would add two comments. A sixth tip is to follow the concepts of the serenity prayer: to accept the things that are out of our control, act on the things that are in our control, and know the difference. The class is in the teacher’s control; the home is not. Each home is different. Each parent is different. We can stave off burnout by not getting overly invested in how parents behave and what students do in their homes. My other comment is to look at comment number 3, recognize the wisdom of putting boundaries on time, and then considering how that applies to students as well. Should they be working until their assignments are done? Or should they be working (on their homework) for a fixed amount of time and allowed to stop working when that time is up?

Dr. Kenneth Goldberg is a clinical psychologist with 35 years of professional experience in dealing with many different psychological issues. He is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers and currently works in his own private practice.

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