Hello amazing teachers,
I wanted to share something that I learned recently while reading Adam Grant’s book, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success.
According to Adam, because teachers are such givers, they’re more susceptible to burn out, and not because they’re just overworked.
People don’t burnout because they’re overworked, in fact, according to Adam’s research, people can be given even more work, and they will continue to find the energy to do it as long as they are able to see that what they are doing is having an impact – that their work matters.
Research shows that if you can witness the impact of your giving, you will continue to give, because seeing the fruits of your labor has an energizing effect on you.
With teachers, because our kids leave us after a year or two, we don’t always see the fruits of our labors, so because teachers are such givers, research shows that burnout can be a result.
“Teachers are vulnerable to giver burnout because of the unique temporal experience that defines education. Even though teachers interact with their students on a daily basis, it can take many years for their impact to sink in. By then, students have moved on, and teachers are left wondering: did my work actually matter?”
It kind of makes sense. That explains why I loved it when former students came back to see me. It served to re-energize me and make me feel really good. I was able to see the results of the time and effort I had invested in my students.
I share this because I know that the teachers at CFIS are amazing givers. You give so much of your time, talent, effort and more every day to help our students succeed. You care about these kids in a way that always serves to inspire me.
I want to encourage you to continue doing what you do, and know that although you may not see the impact you have made on the students who have passed through your classes over the years, your efforts have not been in vain. Your work does matter. You are making a positive difference in the lives of our kids.
I just thought someone might need a little reminder.
Thank you for all you do for our kids and each other.