Blogger Burnout


If you're a teacher, you probably know what I'm talking about! Mental exhaustion. Physical fatigue. Just being all kinds of tired... Can you relate?

Yup, that's why I haven't posted in over a year. My blogger brain was burned out and my inspiration as a teacher was drying up. Not that I didn't still LOVE teaching, but I was just.... stuck!

Why? Now that I look back, lots of reasons.

Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

>>> Losing my focus and comparing myself to other bloggers (never a good idea). Trying to blog about what I thought readers wanted instead of what I thought was important.

>>> Struggling with health issues that just literally made me feel bad, so I just didn't want to do a lot of things, including blogging.

>>> My inspirations were running low. I had been at the same (international) school for a while and I didn't realize I needed fresh eyes.

>>> Living outside the U.S. in a developing country started to take its toll on me.

If you're burned out, you probably need a break. Or a change. 

It's okay to take a step back. 

Or keep going and be patient with yourself until you realize exactly what you need.

Well, a lot has changed since I last posted. I moved to China for one thing!  And that obviously means I'm teaching at a new school. It's been an adventure, for sure, and there's been some bumps in the road, but as I look back, I realize it was just what I needed.

I've got a different perspective and some new interests, so I'm ready to start blogging again! I think there is a blog-face-lift on its way!

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As a blogger, you often wonder who actually reads what you write. You wonder if people are interested in what you're passionate about....

Well, I hope others can benefit from what I have to share, as well as contribute to a conversation about:

+ inquiry
+ the PYP (Primary Years Programme)
+ concept-based teaching
+ literacy (reading and writing workshop)
+ structured word inquiry (spelling in a meaningful way!)
+ mindfulness
+ and math, of course! I haven't forgotten about math!

What topics in teaching in learning interest you?

I'd love to read your comments!


  1. I like hearing about teachers using an inquiry way of learning. We have Kath Murdock coming to our school in 3 days time to do a professional development day for teachers! Can't wait. Look forward to more from your blog. I have missed hearing from you!

    1. Hi Lynelle,
      You are so lucky to have Kath Murdoch coming! She's amazing! Where do you teach?
      Thanks for your sweet comment!

  2. Karli, I know exactly what you're talking about. I'm a little overwhelmed as well as underwhelmed with my life as both a blogger and a teacher. Thanks for sharing your burnout experience with us. It makes so much sense, and I really needed it!! Have a wonderful school year. Tamara from

    1. Hi Tamara! Thanks for your sweet comment.What a great name for your blog! I saw your recent post about revitalizing your blog, too. I guess it happens to all of us, right?


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