Thank you for tuning in each week with us this month for our Buzz: September Special Edition. We have been focused on highlighting community-level and nationally-based suicide awareness and prevention resources and sharing how Simply Bee advocates for mental wellness.
We want to wrap up this series by focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of educators. The impact educators have in our community is endless: they are not only educating our youth but interacting with students' families, their colleagues, and their own families. Their work has always been challenging but in the wake of the pandemic, educators are shouldering even more weight, often at the expense of their own wellbeing.
According to a recent EdWeek Article, "Research shows that when teachers are stressed out, the quality of their instruction, classroom management, and relationships with students all suffer. And students tend to be more stressed when their teachers are, which could negatively affect their academic performance and engagement."
Did you know:
- 60% of teachers say they experience job-related stress frequently or always
- 41% of teachers said they feel like they’re less effective at their job when they’re stressed
- More than a quarter of teachers said job-related stress leads them to think often about quitting
- 16% said they dread going to work every day
This article also cited that, "While many of them won’t ultimately leave their jobs, that level of burnout will still have implications for student success and the long-term health of the profession. Already, fewer young people are studying to become teachers than a decade ago, and many teachers say they wouldn’t want their own children to follow in their footsteps."
This kind of research is what led to the creation of our Simply Bee Classroom programs and resources. We believe in urgently advocating for the mental health and wellbeing of educators because when our teachers are well, our communities are well.