A study by the University of Pennsylvania reports that 44% of teachers leave the profession in the first five years. Teachers spend hours each day teaching, grading, and providing emotional support for their students. And while they may get some time off during the summer or winter break, it’s not uncommon for teachers to work over 60 hours per week year-round. The stress and demands can take a toll on teachers’ mental health as well as their physical health.
This article will explore how AI can be used to optimize education environments for students’ success. We hope that this information will encourage policymakers and educators alike to take advantage of what artificial intelligence offers.
What Is Teacher Burnout And How Does It Happen?
Teacher burnout is defined as “a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by one’s job.” This would include physical fatigue that comes from teaching a large number of students daily as well as emotionally feeling like you can’t continually support your students.
Another aspect of teacher burnout is the mental drain when teachers spend so much of their time and energy planning lessons, grading homework, preparing for assessments, and communicating with parents. Here are some insights into how teachers can know if they are experiencing burnout:
When you dread going to work
When you long for the weekend
When you don’t want to hear about work when you get home from work
When you become irrationally angry at things that used to make you laugh or smile
When you have thoughts of quitting but are unsure what else there is in life for you
When you question your career choice
When you realize that the motivation for doing well is no longer a personal goal, but an attempt to please others
When your sarcasm has turned into bitterness
Your students can see right through it when you’re not