May 10, 2020

Agent Dr. Marquita Blades (Teacher Burnout)

Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to examine the factors contributing to, and find strategies to prevent or recover from, teacher burnout. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Dr. Marquita Blades of Atlanta, Georgia.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Marquita’s many educational projects
  • Her path to becoming a teacher
  • Her personal story of burning out
  • How she defines ‘teacher burnout’
  • The Mediocre Teacher Project
  • How mental health impacts physical health
  • The false narrative of teacher self-sacrifice
  • Strategies to recover from a burn out
  • How she thinks distance education will affect burn out
  • How administrators can prevent burn out in their teachers
  • How colleagues can help each other
  • The Write Like a Gyrlfriend Scholarship
  • Ways to contact Dr. Marquita Blades: her website, her Facebook, her Twitter, her Instagram

A transcript is available for this episode.


NOTE: Former guest/special agent, Charles Williams, has started his own education podcast! It’s called the Counter Narrative Podcast and its goal is “to challenge the dominant narrative surrounding our marginalized populations by highlighting the amazing work being done around the world by educators, students, and communities as they face daunting odds.” Dr. Marquita Blades also has a new podcast, Powarrful Teaching Strategies, where she recently interviewed another former guest of mine, Kwame Sarfo-Mensah, which just goes to show what a small world education can be!  


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