We did a show about doctor burn out last week. It prompted a teacher to write in with her story:
I’ve always thought of (burn out) in the abstract….tired of the rat race, fighting the big machine….but the terms cynical, detachment and less feeling of personal accomplishment really hit home. The longer I teach, the more I find myself detaching and feeling almost clinical in it.
It’s really difficult to get attached to kids and families (especially in difficult poverty or abuse situations) and feel as though nothing you do can change things.
She thought her burn out sounded similar to that described by doctors in the study from the Mayo.
Kerri wanted to know if other teachers felt the same. Share your stories in the comments.