Combatting Teacher Burnout
"I don't want to be doing this right now."
"These kids are driving me crazy."
"Can't we just stop...right now?"
I'm here to tell you, if you're asking that question, the answer is yes.
Take a moment to be with your class. The lesson you're slogging through can wait. If it's worthwhile, you'll get back to it...and you and your students will get much more out of the activity.
Just play a game. Debrief it...or not. Take the time to enjoy your students as people--smile with them; appreciate their humor and their gifts; let them laugh or be challenged with you.
If you're feeling stressed, the class is probably picking up on that energy. (Perhaps you're feeling this way because you're picking up on their anxiety levels.) Whether it's a five-minute game or a forty-minute experience, the break will be well worth your time.
This is a tough time to be in education--as a student and as a teacher. In the world of union busting politicians, budget crises, furlough days and constant attacks on educators, we need times to remember why we're in this profession. A smile on that student's face might be just the ticket.