What About Our Teachers? Thoughts About the 2020-2021 School Year and What It Means for Educators

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve lauded the first responders and those who are fighting on the front lines for our health and well being. It’s important to recognize a group of those “responders” individually though, since they have truly gone about and beyond their calling and much of their training to provide for the very youngest in society. We’re talking about our teachers, and we want to dedicate this blog to them. Teachers are, undoubtedly, one of the biggest assets in today’s society. They shape and mold our upcoming generations from their very first days of school, until they are ready to head out into the collegiate and career world. At PHR, we especially value teachers since we are on the receiving end of many of their former students as they attempt to find employment and begin their careers. We like to encourage educators because we see the results of the hard work they put in. Perhaps more than ever we want them to feel appreciated and valued since many are in uncertain times and uncharted waters as we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year looming ahead. 

We understand that the job is difficult, days can be long, and over time, the education profession can wear down the men and women that enter their classrooms each day. That’s without the added stress of not knowing if you’ll be teaching in an actual classroom or online, if you’ll be able to mold curriculum to fit an online format, or if you can adequately provide for the needs of your students through a computer screen. If you are feeling the burnout at the beginning of this year, and wondering about your future in education, it’s easy to begin to ask yourself if you should teach, or if you should consider moving on.

While we can’t answer the question for you, we can offer a few points of thought to help you as you make the decision…

First, ask yourself why you’re feeling the burnout. Have you actually lost your passion for educating, or rather, are you feeling strain from this previous year and its shaky end? If you feel that individual factors are making your job difficult, and not the educating profession itself, consider looking into open teaching positions in other schools, or even other districts, to improve your situation and help you revive your love for teaching. Perhaps other districts are handling their reopening process in a way that makes you feel more comfortable and you could fit into one of their openings this school year. 

If you’re struggling with your current curriculum, or have fallen out of love with the subject matter you’re teaching, there are things you can do to help. Attend workshops and trainings whenever possible, even when they’re not required, to give you ideas for enhancing and changing up your curriculum this school year. Adding a fresh spin to your subject matter can make a huge difference for you AND for your students. Take time to study online teaching and how educators who have been teaching online for years have made it work well for their students. 

You should also seek advice and counsel from seasoned educators. Teachers who have walked the path for many years know the ups and downs that come with the territory, and can offer guidance of whether your feelings are a normal “low” for the job, or if you need to seriously consider a different profession for the time being. Sometimes talking out your feelings with someone who understands can help with personal clarity and perspective.

Finally, make a pros and cons list. Decide how choosing to teach/ not teach would improve your personal self, your home life, your family, etc. and in that list, include other options for employment you’re considering and how they would impact your daily life and your finances.

If you are entering this school year with a renewed passion for your students and fostering their love for learning, good for you! We can’t wait to see the great things that your students accomplish because of you. However, if you think you need to step away from the education profession for now, whether it be for personal reasons or outside obligations, PHR Staffing Solutions is here to help you walk the journey of finding a new career path and employment that works for you. We’ll help you find openings that match your current skills and qualifications, so you will be set up for success from the very beginning. Give us a call to get started, or if you see an opening that interests you, apply here on our site!