After a year of partially remote and/or hybrid learning teachers thought this school year might bring some return to normalcy. Instead, there are more stresses being heaped on educators than ever before.
CEA President Kate Dias and Vice President Joslyn DeLancey talk with kindergarten teacher and CREC Education Association President Lisa Cordova about the stresses her members face in the most recent episode of CEA’s podcast, Two T’s in a Pod.
“Last year was very stressful, so we thought—working through the pandemic and teaching remotely. We thought that was the worst,” says Cordova. “And now we have this year with students coming back, having experienced trauma. Some of our youngest children have never set foot in a classroom with other students before, ever. There’s been a lot of student behavioral issues that are adding stress for teachers.”
Dias and DeLancey recommend teachers take whatever steps they can to recharge and take time for themselves over break.
“Leave school at school,” says Dias. “Don’t open school emails over the break. They will be there for you when you return in January. Whenever you can, sleep in late and eat long, leisurely lunches. Make time for your favorite relaxing activities.”
Listen to the entire episode on the CEA website or wherever you get your podcasts.