Today, I came to the realization that I'm approaching burnout, and that I need to do something to stay healthy for the break and the second semester.
I've also learned this year that I need a creative outlet to stay healthy, which is problem numero uno. I haven't taken time to truly be creative since the summer. So, I'm turning my needs around to help push the creativity of my students. (I don’t think this is unethical, but if you do, please let me know in the comments).
I have a split elective class: one half is working on web design, and the other is working on photo editing. Both groups are doing a similar assignment, pulled from the Digital Storytelling: 106 archives. The web design side is hijacking the HTML of a website to tell a different story. The photo editing kids will be redesigning an existing website's logo using GIMP. I will be doing both projects along with the kids so we can continue to learn together.
The final deadline is January 12, but I'll begin posting finished assignments as they begin to roll in from the students. I'm hoping that as I dive into working with students, I'll begin to feel a little more relaxed and less burnt out. If you have other ideas on how to beat burnout, I'd love to hear them in the comments.