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Teachers, what makes your job so stressful?

Teachers, what makes your job so stressful? Topic: Schedule in writing a research paper
July 20, 2019 / By Keelan
Question: I am currently writing a research paper on stress in teachers, and i just wanted to know what makes your job so stressful? some things i have are the students and parents attitude. the amount of work you get back. please inform me on anything else.Thank you (high school teachers would be a plus) Mr.timmay, you have no idea how much you have helped me. thank you
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Iesha Iesha | 7 days ago
In my elementary school, the number one cause of stress is the pressure to raise test scores caused by NCLB - No Child Left Behind. The pressure comes from the district in their continual push to toss aside proven methods in a frantic reach for new ideas, such as mandated use techniques that we were all forced to be trained in and now use. (They are nothing more that $100,000 tossed down the drain.) They have taken away freedom to arrange our own schedules in favor of a highly structured format that takes away all creativity and ownership. They now require standardized tests three times a year in elementary school, and the generated data carries more weight than the teacher's opinion. There are many data management programs that are required and computerized lesson plans. There are at least ten different computer operations that are required weekly. All this in addition to actual teaching. Another cause of stress is a change in the characteristic of the administration. For most of my career, we had supportive principals. If a parent called the principal directly, the first question was always, "Have you talked to the teacher?" The last principal I had was a weak and insecure bug. She would listen to all the parent's story, take it for truth, and them ambush the teacher with threats and pressure. Always throw the teacher under the bus. The parents have also changed. They typically fuss about insignificant problems, doubt the teacher, and cause all sorts of problems including on a local website. Many are not supportive. Some won't help their child with practice at home, and question that they should have to help at all. They are too busy. Really adds to teacher stress. A significant point would be that the school day has not changed in length in decades. The amount of work that must be covered has increased and increased with nothing taken away. There is no way that a teacher's work can be done in less than maybe ten hours a day, plus weekends, holidays, and vacations. And that's not to get ahead; it is just not to drown. Thankfully, I have recently retired after 38 years, but my friends still there tell me that some or another teacher cries everyday from stress. The moral is taking a dive ever lower.
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Iesha Originally Answered: Why do teachers assign boring assignments? Why can't teachers make learning more interesting?
They don't get paid nearly enough to actually enjoy their job enough to make it interesting for their students.
Iesha Originally Answered: Why do teachers assign boring assignments? Why can't teachers make learning more interesting?
You're assuming that everyone defines "interesting" in the same way, and that's not true. If the teacher gave an assignment to write about sports, I'd be bored out of my mind. I think sports generally are a stupid waste of time. But if the assignment involves writing about how people learn language, how languages actually work, and how scholars study language structure and describe it, I'm thrilled. I can think of few topics more interesting and involving. The assignments you are unhappy about are not interesting from your perspective, but other people would not agree. You might also consider that part of the challenge of some assignments is to look at things from a different perspective, take a "boring" topic, and turn it into something interesting. It's not easy, but the skill turns out to be really handy. You'll spend a lot of time both at school and in your future profession dealing with junk you really don't much care about, but if you develop the ability to make the tasks more interesting for yourself, you'll find responsibilities much easier to handle.

Effi Effi
I teach at university, so this may not be as helpful as the perspective of a high school teacher. 1. Administrations that are run by idiots. I'm not just exaggerating. I mean genuine idiots who ought to be flipping burgers. The wasteful ways they allocate money, the stupidity of their programmatic decisions, and a growing disconnect between their own experiences with their BS (and I do NOT mean Bachelors of Science) degrees in administration and the genuine concerns of teachers in the classroom makes for an ongoing explosive situation. There are days that I come into work and I wish I had piano wire to garotte every last one of them. What makes this situation even more stressful is that there is absolutely NOTHING the faculty can do to change it. 2. Having to deal with some students who want the perceived benefits of a college degree but who lack even the basic discipline required to succeed in their classes. Many come into the class with the idea that they simply have to sit back and listen to a teacher lecture for an hour. They bring very little of their own to the table. Sometimes even the students who want to learn have no idea HOW to learn and these are the ones who break your heart. As a teacher, I'm caught between the integrity of my own grading, and the inability of the students to produce. 3. Students who have gotten bad advice or who don't really know why they're at the university. Their perception doesn't go much beyond the idea that they have to get a degree to get the kind of job they want--but they know nothing about the job market, and have even less of an idea of how skills they learn in general education classes can help them in their lives and their careers. A student who plans to major in Business Administration, for instance, has little sense of how the skills developed in, let's say, an English class can be useful in his later career. Of course the ability to analyze text, present an argument, appeal to an audience, work in groups, will be invaluable. But because the student has no sense of what actually happens in a business setting, he has no concept of the importance of developing these skills--and hence neglects his English class because he believes it to be irrelevant. Somehow, it becomes my job to convince him to take his class seriously--and the effort I spend on doing that takes away from the effort I have to spend in actually teaching the material. 4. Low salaries combined with increasing work load which makes it nearly impossible for teachers to do their jobs also makes teachers feel that their work is useless and that they are undervalued. Hope that helps a little.
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Chastity Chastity
I'm not a teacher but I think both of the previous responders gave you good answers.In my opinion, I think many teachers are having to deal with a lack of respect from some students, parents and non supportive administration.I think that decreased funding, a more demanding curriculum and reducing not only teachers but their support staff creates a very negative and stressful atmosphere for everyone.
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Chastity Originally Answered: I am thinking about becoming an ESL teacher and would like to know if it is very stressful?
Teaching TEFL can be stressful, but so can many jobs. For me personally teaching was a joy. It is a profession where you can see the results of your efforts and feel like you are making a difference. Teaching can have its stressful times with unruly students, working conditions and resources however I would toughly recommend ESL Teaching. I myself taught in Korea. I worked for several schools over five years and experienced the best and worst of teaching in that country. If you are going to teach in Korea do your research. There are a lot of great schools there but also a fair proportion of bad ones too. Also the location you teach will make a huge difference. Teaching in Seoul is vastly different from teaching in smaller cities. Here is an article that may interest you about teaching in Korea, Lessons Learned From Teaching in Korea - http://seemoreplaces.com/blog/2010/05/le... I have had several friend who have taught in Saudi Arabia and enjoyed it. Some experienced a bit of a culture shock but if you have traveled before then maybe this will not be a problem. If I had to make a recommendation on where to teach first I would say Korea. The teaching environment would allow you to learn your craft without too much pressure and the pay and conditions are also fairly good. I hope this has been useful to you.

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