The Burnout Challenge

This is more of a social experiment than a math lesson. It’s a well known fact that teachers experience burnout at some point in time during almost every school year. The demands of our profession weigh on us so hard it literally makes it hard to breathe. If you would like to push pass your burnout and feel renewed each day, take my challenge. Take it slow, completing one challenge a day. If it doesn’t work for you, you’ve probably done something wrong and will need to try it again :-).

Challenge 1: In the morning, write a letter to your favorite person explaining why they are your favorite person. Be sure to list the qualities you love about them. For the greeting write “To My Favorite Person”. For the salutation, write “the one who loves you the most.”  Fold the letter 90s style:

Take it to work and place it on your desk. Later on in the day, surprisingly find the letter and read the wonderful things someone has written about you.

Challenge 2: Tell 6 people you love them and really mean it.

Challenge 3: Smile at each person that walks pass you.

Challenge 4: Get 5 post-it notes and write “You’re worth it!” on each of them. Place a post-it note randomly on doors throughout the school.

Challenge 5: Start a high five challenge with yourself. Try to get as many high fives as you can throughout the school day.

Challenge 6: Sing a song during planning time. Like out loud. Seriously.

Some suggestions:

Challenge 7: Say please and thank you with every opportunity.

After the 7th day of the challenge, you should feel refreshed and renewed.  You know why?

Three things will last forever- faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love. 2 Corinthians 13:13

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Love is patient and kind…it is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7

Do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

Once you have completed the challenge, please share how it has helped you. If you’re courageous enough, journal about your day to day experience during the challenge.
With Love,


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