With increasing health and safety concerns, staff shortages and more, teachers are feeling the pressure. Strictly speaking, 90 percent of teacher-members of the National Education Association to say that burnout is a serious problem that, in turn, jeopardizes student learning.
In order to overcome these challenges, K-12 leaders must identify the drivers behind them. By gaining a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the end-to-end experiences of K-12 teachers, school leaders can take steps to better support teachers.
Recent research 1,000 US teachers highlighted that key performance indicators such as engagement (sense of accomplishment), inclusion (ability to reach full potential) and well-being (relationships and motivation) show room for improvement at all K-12 levels.
Although the mission-oriented group reported the highest levels of agreement with the statement “My work gives me a sense of personal accomplishment,” they also reported the lowest levels of agreement with statements such as “I feel cheerful at work” and “everyone can succeed to the fullest in this school.” In terms of engagement, only 65 percent of K-12 teachers agree that their school motivates them to do more than is normally required to do their jobs.
In general, teachers want to stay in their schools and build meaningful and lasting relationships with students and staff, but this study shows that only 40 percent of K-12 teachers plan to stay at the same school for more than five years, and 10 percent plan to leave within six months.
If school leaders listening to their staff with the intention of understanding and acting on that understanding allows them to design experiences aimed at improving the overall teacher experience. Examining all aspects of the teacher experience, including authentic emotions and feelings, provides unparalleled data that can truly shape the future of teaching.
Here are three keys to building a better future for teachers.
Listen to your people – all of them, all of the time
Constant listening is at the heart of effective experience management. By getting a regular pulse of the emotions of teachers, administrators, and faculty, school leaders in education can gain a continuous, real-time view of day-to-day realities and how they affect the organization as a whole, and most importantly, the student. learning experience. It is very important that this type of communication occurs more than once during the school year.