Stress towards Teachers


Of course I am going to talk about us. Teachers stress too and actually more than many other occupations. “Teachers are actually tied with nurses, with 46 percent of both groups reporting high daily stress. Such reports are comparable with other notoriously demanding occupations, such as physicians and business managers.” 46% of teachers say they have high daily stress. DAILY!? That is absolutely insane. In this post I am going to give some examples of what causes teachers to stress.

  1. “Teachers are expected to perform these tasks effectively”. We are assumed to be the most fantastic of teachers all the time and that our lessons should be time after time amazing.
  2. “If teachers already face high levels of occupational stress, it’s not hard to see how the recent spate of deadly school shootings”. This is terrible because it implies that teachers should maybe arm themselves or be ready for the worst.

I also like that they separate it into two groups:

  1. Threats to Teacher’s Wellness
  • Weakens immune system
  • Reduces stamina
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  1. Threats to Teachers Performance
  • Calling in sick
  • “High Teacher Turnover”

Finally, it talks about what can help reduce stress in teachers. The one that is most impactful is teachers taking care of themselves first, “Teachers also need to make sure they take care of themselves so that they can take care of others. Without actively caring for themselves, teachers lose the capacity to care for others.”. We need to take care of ourselves because if we are not in the right place mentally or physically the students will see that and act accordingly.


Next post I will be sharing about how to help students when they are stressed.

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  1. I have a hunch that we learn so much about reflection in our program because of teacher burn out! I am also shocked how many educators feel daily stress. I wonder if it those percentages differ depending on age and countries that educators are working in?

    1. I was surprised too. And that is a really good question. I think that certain places may cause more stress but in my opinion it is not based on the age. It mainly depends on the educator and their experience.

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