Common Teacher stress FAQ’S
Stress for teachers can have serious consequences including mental, physical, behavioral and emotional health effects. Most people don’t understand what teacher stress is all about. Teachers are perceived as incredible role models and intellectuals who cannot be affected by small things. Unfortunately, teachers go through many things that result in stress. For instance, many parents don’t even try to understand why a certain teacher could have behaved in a negative manner when their children misbehaved in class. They are so focused on getting to the bottom of things that affect their student’s life and fail to notice that a teacher could be enduring stress. In order to shed some more light on things, let’s look at some of the frequently asked questions regarding teachers stress.
Here are the top 5 FAQ’S about teacher stress;
1. What are the major factors that cause stress among teachers?
Stress affects teachers in so many different ways. Most people have this misconception that teaching is easy, fun and for those who performed poorly academically;” Those who do, those who can’t teach” mentality. Teaching is a complex profession that requires lots of patience, commitment, dedication, and sacrifices for students to excel academically. Major causes of teacher stress include; discipline issues, poor students/parents/teachers-teacher’s relations, stressful working conditions, family/personal issues, lack of work resources, limited opportunities and, in some jurisdictions, poor payment. Considering their vital role in our society, teachers ought to be among the best-paid professionals in the world.
2. Is teacher stress contagious?
The answer to this FAQ is yes. Teacher stress is highly contagious. It is easy for a stressed out teacher to have negative impacts on students. A University of British Columbia study showed a direct correlation between teacher stress and their elementary students stress. There have been cases whereby students become stressed, or even develop health complications after attending stressful classes because of stressed teachers. Proper stress management strategies have to be implemented in schools to help educators cope with this monster called stress. Failure to tackle teacher stress can lead to low motivation, lack of morale, and poor academic grades among students.
3. Can stress affect a teacher’s efficiency in teaching students?
It is absolutely true that stress can affect a teacher’s efficiency to teach students. Students depend on educators to perform well academically. When a teacher is stressed it becomes almost impossible to teach or manage their classrooms effectively. When that happens, it becomes easy for students to perform poorly in their education leading to endless complaints from parents.
4. Is teacher stress controllable?
Stress among teachers can be controlled using various stress management methods. Teachers employ different strategies in order to cope with stress. Some of these teacher stress strategies include; calming techniques, exercising, taking a break, eating healthy foods, drinking enough water, adequate sleep, seeking colleague’s opinions and (somewhat biased opinion) getting a coach that understands the rigours of teaching.
5. What are some teacher stress-related health effects?
Stressed teachers are more likely to experience short or long term health complications such as ulcers, obesity, heart diseases, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, digestive system complications, constipation, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, irritability and eating disorders among many others. Stress can have serious health effects on teachers, their students and their relationships, both professional and personal. Stress must be managed for success and good health.