Education has become one of the most exhausting jobs in America. So we asked TAUT Finish Line readers who are teachers how we can help them.
Why is this important: Teacher stress and burnout are rising, while salaries are stagnating. We can all step up to help those educating the next generation of leaders.
Here’s what we learned educators:
Gifts and acts of service make the difference.
- “Bundle resources and give your teacher a gift card to a local pool or yoga studio. Teachers are overworked and underpaid, and they’ve probably spent most of their discretionary income on their yoga class. anyway.” —Carl C., teacher in San Francisco
- “I think people can help teachers by donating cleaning supplies to their child’s teachers. … Children enjoy having a job at school. Students gain a sense of pride and are rewarded by doing say: “Well done!”Ashley N., teacher in Orlando
- “What teachers need is more and more regular volunteers in the classroom.” —Sheila C., teacher in Durant, Mississippi
- “Coffee, coffee, coffee. The best gift ever. We can’t leave the building and have at best 20 minutes for lunch.” —Beth T., teacher in Northern Virginia
If you’re a parent, be nice and get involved.
- “Parents should always give the teacher the benefit of the doubt, rather than immediately rushing to the side of the child. When the child does well, it reflects back on their teacher, so no teacher wants anything else for the child. ‘child.” —Keith S., fifth-grade teacher in Old Greenwich, Connecticut
- “Please think carefully before sending a request or complaint. The number of emails teachers receive every day is breaking their backs.” —Jeananne F., retired director of Fort Myers, Florida
- “Read to your child if they’re young. If they’re older, take them to the library with you and check out books. Talk about what you’ve read. Children who see that reading is important to adults in their lifetime are much more likely to be engaged in school.” —Patty M., high school science teacher in Hammond, Indiana
“Thank you” goes a long way.
- “Just saying thank you is unusual, but gives us such a boost of mental energy when we’re exhausted to the core!” —Robin G., high school English teacher in Springdale, Arkansas
- Copy administrators to your teacher thank you emails, says Joan K., a retired teacher from Connecticut.
The bottom line: “Teachers perform a much-needed public service and work extremely hard to do so. But our society acts as if teaching is unskilled work that anyone can do and chooses to pay for that work accordingly,” says Sabrina U ., a former Decatur K-12 teacher. , Georgia.
- Appreciate and support the teachers in your life.