Teachers and staff members may experience burnout at several times during the year. Typically this is experienced during two specific times of the year: before winter break and in the spring. If directors and principals are able to recognize the signs of teacher burnout, they may be able to help curb it as well.
Some outward signs of teacher burnout:
Teachers and support staff may stop attending meetings, participating in email exchanges, and spending time participating in extracurricular activities. They may also stop sharing ideas and brainstorming with their coworkers.
A teacher who is dealing with burnout may stop finding the positive in things and simply focus on the negative. The conversations that may be had with these teachers may be comprised mostly of complaints and pessimism.
This refers to the kind of tired that is not thwarted by a cup of coffee or a quick break. Exhaustion refers to being extremely mentally and physically drained of energy that functioning at a normal level is near impossible.
Often the above mentioned signs of teacher burnout are easily recognized by directors and other staff members.