New Article: 8 Strategies to Prevent Teaching Burnout

Posted by Chronicle of Higher Education on February 2, 2021

What can you do this semester to protect your well-being and support your students?

Teaching in the new semester? Chances are you’re coming into the classroom – virtual, physical, or both – already exhausted from the Covid crucible.

New class formats, increased teaching loads, work-from-home problems – the early months of 2021 promise more of the same. So with little relief in sight, it’s essential to determine what you can do in your own courses to protect your well-being while also supporting your students.

Online teaching can feel more time-consuming and draining than teaching in person. You may be hearing the word “polysynchronous” a lot in 2021, given that many faculty members do some combination of asynchronous and synchronous teaching, not one or the other. The wide range of newly popular teaching formats – HyFlex, blended, and others – are here to stay. To help you regain some level of work/life balance, the author offers the following eight strategies, designed to work in whatever mix of online formats you plan to use this term.

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