Monthly Archives: January 2014

Teacher Burnout


A few days ago, I had a conversation with a parent of a fifth grader who told me about how her son’s teacher had a meltdown in class, yelled at the students so loudly, that afterwards her son came home upset and even shed a few tears. This type of episode is not new; in fact, the label “teacher burnout” is a very well recognized term in education research and among practitioners themselves. Continue reading

The value of academic coaching

School can be a an overwhelming proposition for many teenagers. In Ontario, which I can attest to personally, there is a crisis in education: many students can’t see how their current education can translate into a tangible and realistic future. Twenty years of neo-liberal educational policy has left teachers confused, exhausted, and living in fear (Carpenter, Weber & Schugurensky, 2012). Continue reading