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ERIC Number: EJ1272470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Address the Stress: How Leaders Can Support Teachers in an Extraordinary Year
Helmke, Sharron
Learning Professional, v41 n5 p36-37, 39-40 Oct 2020
It is the start of another school year, but unlike any other in the careers of teachers. This year, teachers find themselves at the nexus of a widespread, months-old pandemic and racial trauma that is centuries old. Despite this trauma and the uncertainty of resolution, teachers are being asked to step into the actual or virtual classroom, greet students, and make learning happen. Given this is the reality they face and that taking the year off is not an option for many, how do teachers care for themselves, their colleagues, and their staffs? The strategies they should use now are not inherently different than those they would use in any school year. The difference is in being more aware of their importance and more intentional about doing and following through with them. Like so much in education, it starts with leaders setting the stage for this new emphasis and modeling it in practice. This article presents the following strategies teachers can use to care for themselves, their colleagues, and their staffs: (1) go beyond normal efforts; (2) manage expectations; (3) make time for mental health support; and (4) model caring communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A