How to Prevent Teacher Burnout | Jon Bergmann | 3 Min Read

September 20, 2023

I was asked yesterday by a teacher how I am still going strong after 38 years in education (30 as a classroom teacher). Her school starts later than mine and she took time to visit one of my classes in order to see how I build a culture of learning. She specifically wanted to know what I did with students to prepare them for success in a flipped classroom, but our conversation took a different direction. 

When she asked the question: How are you still teaching? Initially, I didn’t know how to respond—but then as we talked further—she actually answered the question herself. 

But before I tell you what she said, take a glimpse into what she had just seen in my classroom.  My 80-minute block had four phases: 

  • Question of the Day: A three-minute bonding activity; our question of the day. This doubles as attendance.  Yesterday’s question was:  What was your favorite cartoon character as a child? I bantered with the students as they mentioned cartoon characters that I was completely unfamiliar with. I had only seen these students four times and already the conversation was relaxed and fun. I informed my students that…
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Jon Bergmann

Jon Bergmann is one of the pioneers of the Flipped Class Movement. Jon is leading the worldwide adoption of flipped learning by working with governments, schools, corporations, and education non-profits. Jon is coordinating or guiding flipped learning initiatives around the globe including China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, the Middle East, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the United States. Jon is the author of 10 books including the bestselling book: Flip Your Classroom which has been translated into 10 languages. He has been an educator since 1986. He has served as a middle and high school science teacher, the lead technology facilitator for a school district in the Chicago suburbs, as well as a consultant/public speaker. He currently is teaching science and leading staff development at Houston Christian High School.