Avoid Burn-Out

Goal: Avoid Burn-Out of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”~ Mary Anne Radmacher

This year’s theme is, “This is MY Moment.” Each goal will focus on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments.

My Take on the Goal

Each year as a teacher I struggle with burn-out. The number one thing that helps me is SUPPORT, support from friends, family, and my PLN. Part of the reason The 30 Goals is more collaborative this year is because I have found that when you ask your friends to join a movement and give them the freedom to help you out, the movement moves. We can’t successfully or effectively complete our mission as educators without support. Vicky Loras, an amazing friend actually posted about Goal 2 first and this kicked things up for me as well as the feedback and activity from our Facebook community. It’s great to know that the community of educators we have built will be there when things get busy or life events get in the way.

Another important way I avoid burn-out is through taking time for myself everyday. I pause. I tend to be a workaholic and a type A person so being stressed is something I struggle with daily. Therefore, I have created 2 to do lists- my actual one and a personal to do list. Sometimes as teachers we allow our to do list to take up our personal to do list. Everyday I try to chuck something from the to do list and instead focus on the personal to do list. This action signifies to me that I am making steps toward giving myself “me” time. I also schedule Google calendar alerts that remind me to take time for myself.

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For more ideas about this goal, check out the video I did in 2011.


Short-term-Take at least one hour for yourself where you don’t dwell on your role as an educator but instead give your time to relax and have some fun. Tyson Seburn, who will be another educator we will Hang-Out with posted a graph of how he spent his time for this goal. Check out Tyson’s post and graph

Long-term– Begin to schedule weekly even daily times where you leave your work as an educator behind and aim for balance. We can’t save them all. We have to try to find away to let go. How can we best do this?

Education Leader Goal– As a leader, think about events and programs that you can schedule to help your teachers avoid burn-out. At one job, they gave awards for miles walked around the school and other healthy activities. At another job they had an intramural sports team. What ways can you make your meetings more participatory? In what ways can you ensure your teachers feel their ideas and concerns are being heard and acted upon at each meeting?
Net Teacher Goal– As a new teacher, start planning now how each day you will avoid burn-out.

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Take an hour for yourself each day for a week. Add ideas of ways you avoid burn-out by contributing to our Pinterest Board on avoiding burn-out!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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