This is the last set of tips to avoid burning out in communicative teaching. Check out “Burning out or burning bright?,” “More tips on avoiding burnout,” “Still more tips on avoiding burnout,” and “Even more tips on avoiding burnout” for more help on how to stay sane and effective at the same time.
- Stop looking when you’ve found something that will work.
This is a trap I fall into a lot. I’m looking for sources and I need 2 print and 1 audio source. So I stop when I’ve found… oh, nine potential sources. Why? Because maybe the next one I find will be even more perfect. I’ve wasted a lot of time this way. And we never have enough time to get to them all. Find what you can use for the time you have and then abandon the search.
- Stop over-planning so much.
Similar to finding too many sources, planning too many activities can also be a problem. You want to plan for a little more time than you actually have so that if things go fast with one or all your classes you don’t have dead time, but sometimes I find myself having planned my week with enough to fit 8 class periods. If you resist the temptation to overplan, you’ll save yourself some time.
What other tips are useful for you to keep from burning out? Share them here, take what I’ve shared and please, make communicative learning work for you as well as your students. I hope you’ve found something useful in this short series.