I came across an interesting article today: AFT Survey Provides Answers to 'Why Are Teachers So Stressed?'. This article highlighted some of the alarming stats that can be found in the Quality of Worklife Survey Result Report by the American Federation of Teachers. If you have not seen the results, I strongly recommend you check them out. The three graphs below stuck out to me in particular.
The next question you may find yourself asking - What do we do about these results? Clearly, things need to change for teachers if we are going to make teaching a sustainable profession. Some ideas I have are providing adequate professional development for teachers (this means either increasing quality PD opportunities, or decreasing the number of initiatives teachers need to take on each year), inviting more teachers to educational policy meetings, and starting a national movement to promote respect for teachers and the teaching profession. What are your ideas? Please feel free to share in the comments below.
Mattea Juengel is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools.