School-Life Balance

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Career Advice Opinion Are School Leaders Contributing to Their Own Stress and Burnout?
Focusing too much on your work often comes at the expense of well-being. Here's how educators can regain work-life balance.
Peter DeWitt, May 2, 2024
3 min read
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Teaching Profession The State of Teaching Dear Administrators: Teachers Want You to Get These 8 Tasks Off Their Plates
Teachers say these job duties shouldn't be part of their day-to-day responsibilities.
Madeline Will, March 29, 2024
6 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion ‘I Was Determined to Make a Change’: A Teacher's Checklist for Work-Life Balance
As a working mom, I struggled to maintain a sense of sanity and stability, writes one high school teacher. Here’s what works for her.
Sarah Elia, March 6, 2024
5 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Why I Told an Excellent Teacher It Was Time to Leave Teaching
Leadership means being honest, even when it might go against the immediate needs of your school.
Matthew Ebert, January 16, 2024
4 min read
Digital illustration of a bulletin board covered with post it notes with the word work on them, in the center there is a clearing with one solitary note that reads "Life" with a question mark.
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Teaching Profession Q&A Teaching Is Your Job. Why This Author Says It Shouldn't Be Your Whole Identity
The author of "The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life From Work," talks about how teachers can build healthier relationships with their jobs.
Madeline Will, October 11, 2023
9 min read
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School & District Management Opinion How Principals Can Start School With a Smile
Here are five ways to stay positive and focus on morale this year.
S. Kambar Khoshaba, August 29, 2023
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion Debunking the Myths Around Teacher Stress, Burnout, and Self-Care
What are we really talking about when we say "teacher burnout" anyway?
Mary Hendrie, June 9, 2023
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion It's the End of School Year. You're Tired. What's a Teacher to Do?
If you're looking to refuel, here are 13 ideas to help you thrive as a teacher.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 9, 2023
14 min read
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Teaching Profession 4 Ways Teachers Are Making the End of the Year Less Stressful
Wrapping up the school year can be daunting for teachers.
Stacey Decker, June 2, 2023
1 min read
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Teaching Profession Dear Administrators: Here Are 7 Things Teachers Want You to Know
Teachers offer unvarnished advice about how administrators can make them feel heard and respected.
Madeline Will, May 24, 2023
6 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teachers, Don't Take Your Work Home
Want to create a better boundary between school and home? Here are 20 ways to do that.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 12, 2023
2 min read
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Teaching Profession Can Teachers 'Quiet Quit?'
Educators talk about setting boundaries around what they are willing to do for work.
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 5, 2022
7 min read
Patrick Jiner walks back to his classroom on April 13, 2022 at Lake Middle School in Denver.
Patrick Jiner, a math teacher at Lake Middle School in Denver, has long work days that start two hours before he teaches his first class and often extend deep into the evenings before he goes to bed.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center What a Typical Teacher's Day Actually Looks Like
The daily duties of the job extend way beyond teaching students.
Ileana Najarro & Hyon-Young Kim, April 14, 2022
1 min read
Patrick Jiner, a seventh grade math teacher at Lake Middle School in Denver, passes out notebooks to his students on April 13, 2022.
Patrick Jiner teaches 7th grade math at Lake Middle School in Denver, where he logs many extra hours in the evenings and on weekends to plan lessons and respond to parents.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Here's How Many Hours a Week Teachers Work
Just under half that time is devoted to directly teaching students, new survey results show.
Ileana Najarro, April 14, 2022
8 min read