In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we sat down with 5 teachers to gather their thoughts on the changing landscape of teaching.
We heard how teachers in the post-pandemic classroom find themselves drained and “frayed around the edges”. The past few years have shown how important it is for teachers to have support from colleagues and school leaders. Watch the full conversation below. Short on time? Read on to see a summary.
Your “why” is what drives you to show up at work and perform your best. Our roundtable set out their ideas for finding motivation on those days when things get overwhelming.
"Student success is a huge component of teacher efficacy. If my students have access to the right tools and can find success, and feel like they are making steps toward their greatest potential, the truth is that actually feeds me as the teacher. That’s a significant component of my own self advocacy and the feeling that I can do my job as a teacher."
- Joni Degner, Take 60 With Texthelp Host
Setting aside time to de-stress is critical to avoiding burnout. Hear what our teacher panel had to say.
Streamlining your workflow to be more efficient is another way to take care of yourself. There are only so many hours in the day, and reducing the time spent on repetitive admin gives us more time for other things!
Having a wider network of support is vital for allowing teachers the time, space and resources to perform their best. Hear about the initiatives that the teachers in our roundtable had benefited from.
The pandemic laid bare the weaknesses of education. As schools worked to implement digital infrastructure to support remote learning, it was the teachers with innovative, adaptive mindsets who thrived best.
As we move into post-pandemic education, now's the time to find balance between returning to “normal” and making use of the momentum gained.
Keep up with the celebrations this week with the hashtag #TeacherAppreciationWeek. You can tag us at @texthelp to share how you’re getting involved!