Teacher Workload

28 Jun

It is coming to the end of the term and I am seeing in my new role things about teachers and their role.

  1. There are so many needs

Teachers work hard, and some may work more hours in a week than any other occupation. My issue is not that I average 45 to 50 hours a week. My issue is that I’m expected to teach too many students with too many needs. My expectations for my students are only surpassed by the expectations I have for myself.

  1. My working conditions are my students’ learning conditions.

While I complain regarding conditions on occasions I must remember that my students are confined to the same. They are children. This must be tough.

  1. Teachers are so busy teaching.

Yes it is true there is a great deal of Professional Development opportunities out their but they don’t have time and effort to learn how to be better teachers. School has looked, tasted, smelled and felt like school for too long. In order for things to improve, things have to change, and sustainable change needs to be led by teachers who are supported through inspiring professional development.

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