Research On Teachers In America: There is a shortage of teachers in America. At present, the workload on the teachers doing duty is increasing. In such a situation, many teachers are leaving their jobs due to lack of satisfaction. Here in the research of University of Missouri, it has been revealed that stressed and tired teachers are leaving their profession.
According to the study of Missouri University, teachers are facing stress in their jobs and they are not getting satisfaction in this work. Seth Woods, a former doctoral student at the university, conducted the survey in collaboration with Keith Harman, Curator Distinguished Professor in the MU College of Education and Human Development, and others.
They collaborated to analyze survey data from 2,300 teachers in Missouri and Oklahoma. In this, it was asked to find out that how much stress is there in the teachers who are at work and during that time whether they adopt methods to deal with stress or not, whether they are satisfied with their job or not.
Survey of 2,300 teachers in Missouri and Oklahoma
While what we found was not particularly surprising, Woods said, the study highlights how a teacher’s ability, or inability, to cope with job stress can be an important factor in his or her contribution. How in the end many teachers have to leave the profession due to stress.
‘Healthy copying mechanism’ has to be understood
Woods said, “In my 20 years as a teacher, I’ve seen many great people leave the profession, and this research confirms that it’s important to help teachers understand and adopt healthy mechanisms.” We need to start devoting more time and resources to that.”
“Like one principal at Beulah Ralph Elementary School in Columbia, Missouri, they try to find ways to reduce stress and deal with it in a positive way. The research we’ve done tells us that we’re hiring new teachers all the time,” he said. This will help in providing continuous work and training to the students. In addition, retaining experienced teachers will be of great benefit to the students.”
Read the book ‘Stress Management for Teachers: A Proactive Guide’
According to Woods, the research team found that by promoting positivity and healthy coping mechanisms, teachers would find it easier to perform their duties and remain stress-free. For teachers struggling with stress, Woods suggests that a healthy coping mechanism requires them to teach in a way that makes the environment pleasant.
Harman has written a book titled “Stress Management for Teachers: A Proactive Guide”. He says even simple things like increasing positive interactions with students and peers, improving classroom management skills and avoiding gossip at work can help.
‘Systematic issues have to be resolved’
Harman said systemic issues, such as low teacher pay and overworked teachers, are major factors driving them away from the profession. In such a situation, the school principal, district superintendent and school administrator can play an important role by supporting all those stressed teachers.
‘Such a school environment should be ready’
“Communicating with teachers about their concerns, showing empathy, and checking on their health and well-being shows that you care,” Herman said. “Our overall goal is to create a school environment that allows teachers to flourish and provide them with the tools they need to succeed,” he added.
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