Educators go into teaching because they want to make a difference in children’s lives. Teachers today, however, are overwhelmed by many competing demands, and many leave the profession too soon.
Former teacher Jenny Grant Rankin writes in the Los Angeles Times that the responsibility for preventing teacher burnout lies not just with those in the education system, but with all of us.
Teachers can take steps to avoid burnout, such as implementing efficient grading practices and collaborating with colleagues. However, there is much community members surrounding teachers—whether we have children or not—can do to make the job more sustainable.
As this new school year begins, we can ask ourselves: When was the last time I volunteered at a school event? Are there classroom items I can donate to my local school? Can I use my expertise to deliver a standards-based lesson as a professional visitor? Can I let a principal know I’m here to help if any teachers have a way for me to contribute? At the very least, when we read about teachers, talk about teachers, or meet teachers, can we treat them with the utmost respect?
What would you add? How can parents and community members best support teachers?