In 2001, with twelve years of tenure, I left my position with the school district. I had been a special education teacher, learning specialist, and program coordinator for a district charter program.
At the time, I held the largest district-wide caseload, was responsible for the charter program’s student intake, and was teaching and prepping three math blocks and an advisory while coordinating trips and events that were integral to the program. I was expected to arrive early, stay late, work through lunches, and show up on Saturdays. Although I met many of these expectations, I remained frustrated with the lack of support and increasing demands. It was what led to my leaving.
Today’s Educational Climate
Fast forward twenty years, and we are recovering from a global pandemic at a time when the workforce is reevaluating their working conditions. Our teachers have become front-line workers; in direct contact with dozens, if not hundreds, of kids and adults every day. Again, just like me, educator expectations remain high with the additional burden of online learning. In addition, educators are stressed by the learning losses and attempting to make up for lost time, leading to unpaid overtime, and eventual burnout.
As expectations rise, there has been a steady decline in Education majors since 1973. Current teachers are seeking better working conditions and better pay and it is no longer a profession that feels respected. This has led to a teacher shortage crisis across the United States. Even so, during this stressful time, it is crucial to support teachers working their best to help your child become a well-educated adult.
Five Great Tips to Support Our Teachers and Schools
At Just2 we aim to support teachers as effectively as we can. That’s why we believe in showing appreciation for our teachers, even those who are struggling and we occasionally work. Approaching a teacher and school with these tips listed below can lead to respected requests, collaboration on your child’s education, and dialogue that leads to your child’s success.
Talk to your teacher about how best to contact them
Asking the teacher how they best communicate allows for an open dialogue, creating a positive relationship and an easy way to communicate effectively.
Acknowledge time & resource limitations
Some teachers struggle to gain access to or supply kids with the supplies they need. Having compassion for our educators is a great way to support them while they struggle to provide your child with a great education.
Volunteer in the classroom
Be willing to offer logistical support when you can: make calls and flyers, run errands, coordinate with parents, and update classroom portals
Support effective professional development by researching and providing input to local schools
Education is an important part of the community, and being involved will help improve the community and your child’s education. It will also set a great example for your child to be involved with their community.
Offer supplies for your child and the teacher
Supporting your child with the list of supplies the teacher recommends, as well as extras, lets the teacher know that they can count on you to support your child, leading them to work effectively on their lesson plans.
At Just2, We Support Students, Parents, and Teachers
With tips like these and the support of Just2 Tutoring, we can help improve the educational journey for your child and the district. Contact us today so we can support your child’s educational journey and the teachers that help them.