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Thursday, December 23, 2021   

South Dakota schools now are in holiday break mode, and one teacher urges educators to use the time wisely to recharge their batteries during a stressful era.

Erica Boomsma, an elementary school teacher in the Huron School District, said given all the sacrifices they have made over the past two years, educators are tired. Whether it's trying to keep their classrooms safe from COVID, or working through lunches because of staff shortages, burnout is a real concern.

"They have put in more than just time, they've put their life into this in order to make things better for our kids," Boomsma asserted.

She recommended educators get organized going into an extended break to avoid having to think about unfinished work. Boomsma also suggested teachers find a hobby away from school, to keep their minds occupied during downtime.

Earlier this year, a national survey from a nonpartisan research group found three out of four teachers reported their jobs had frequently been stressful.

Boomsma was the state's 2019 Teacher of the year and is a member of the South Dakota Education Association. She pointed out taking time for yourself and finding joy paves the way for rejuvenation, making teachers more effective in the long run.

"If we have more joy in our lives, when we do that for ourselves, we start focusing on the joy for our kids in our classroom," Boomsma contended.

Recent research from Lynn University connected self-care strategies with teacher resilience. The report's survey focused on approaches for when school is in session, and 84% of respondents agreed practicing daily self-care is important to them.

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