How to Preserve that Teaching Passion?
Educating students is more than just a job for passionate teachers, it’s a way of life. Unfortunately, while many teachers enter their jobs with this passion and drive, some feel this spark dim as their career progress.
Some teachers may struggle with classroom management, administrative communication, meeting standards, or keeping up with government policies. There can be many obstacles that a teacher faces, possibly on a daily basis.
Not all teachers encounter such issues in their careers. Many fight through the challenges by meeting these obstacles head on, teachers are able to maintain that passion and educate their students effectively.
Recognizing the Obstacles
There are times over the course of a teacher’s career where initial passion is replaced by frustration, fatigue, or cynicism. These moments may be temporary and don’t mean the end of career. Teachers who recognize their issues are able to work it out. The main reasons teachers might lose his or her passion for teaching includes complications that arise from Student Behaviour, Parental Demands, Administration issues or National Policies.
Each of these issues ask teachers to shift their teaching techniques in order to maintain their passion. Classrooms maintained by a teacher affected by burnout only have further negative effects for both the teacher’s mood and his or her students. Burned out teachers typically use less hands-on, active teaching methods, and do the bare minimum of work to keep their jobs.
So how can these burned out teachers recapture the passion that once drove them to enter the teaching profession in the first place?
Conquering Student Behaviour issues
Disruptive students often cause teachers to feel unappreciated, disrespected, and exhausted. Where once a teacher was energetic and ready to teach a class every morning, they might approach it with anxiety and stress, dreading the challenges before them.
When a teacher recognizes this problem, they should take a step back and investigate on why this problem is occurring in the first place. Teacher may find that the atmosphere of the class is no longer exciting and they must think of ways to re-develop their relationship with students. Remind yourself why you were attracted to teaching. Students may become disruptive if they sense that a teacher does not care about them, you need to show that you do.
If a majority of a classroom is working together as a team to achieve academic success, there is increased pressure on other students to participate and take class seriously. The classroom environment will automatically become more suitable for learning. In addition to a revamped classroom atmosphere, obtaining administrative support is key to managing disruptive classrooms.
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This article is inspired by and contains excerpts from Masters Education website. Read the original here.