Are Introverted Teachers Burning Out?
The Atlantic published an a story about introverted teachers burning out. The premise of the story is that introverted teachers are burning out because the rise of collaborative teaching approaches such as professional learning communities means more meetings. The story is long on anecdote and short on even any good correlation. There’s a lot of teacher turnover, but there are literally hundreds of possible reasons, and singling out more meetings because of collaboration between teachers is pretty odd. I would think that teachers’ sense of isolation would actually probably be a bigger factor for leaving teaching than the collaboration amongst peers.
Yet, as a card carrying introvert who would feel overwhelmed by all the energy of 120 kids if I were a middle or high school teacher, the article does raise an interesting question about the correlation between personality and teaching. Do most successful teachers share some personality traits? Any thoughts? (weigh in on Facebook)
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