Present day teachers face a rigorous and demanding teaching atmosphere. Tight deadlines and heavy workloads are driving stress levels high among teachers. Teachers must manage stress to ensure high efficiency, productivity, and quality in their role. Practical solutions and education technology can help.
How many times have you found a teachers sitting idle and relaxed? Chances are, you’ve mostly found them aggressively juggling numerous tasks and duties. A spare moment? What’s that they ask. It’s no wonder then that teachers often feel stressed out.
Contributors to stress
So what are the main causes of teacher’s stress? Here are some of them:
- Teaching back-to-back classes
- Multiplicity of teaching and administrative duties during school hours
- Huge class size
- Regular monitoring of student performance, creating reports and assessments
- Maintaining classroom discipline
- Changes in curriculum
- Excessive workload
- Internal conflicts between colleagues and authorities
- External factors – personal, health, financial
Fortunately, there are practical solutions for teachers to beat stress.
How teachers can beat stress in 6 ways
Confronting and avoiding stress is easier said than done. However, the below solutions will help teachers keep stress at bay:
- Identify your stress triggers: If you don’t know what’s stressing you, how will you know how to solve it? Take some time out and list down all the things that cause you stress. Check for their nature – personal, professional, self and see if they can be resolved through direct communication, cooperation of/with colleagues or family, change in approach.
- The 7/11 technique: Is there a constant humming buzz of thoughts in your head? Want to turn down the volume of those thoughts? Try the 7/11 technique which is ultra-simple. It’s a breathing technique, inhale counting up to 7, and exhale counting up to 11. You will have a calmer mind within few seconds, helping you to focus better on thoughts and tasks.
- Focus on control: Now that you’ve got focus, take control of it. Dedicate reasonable time for every task and see them through. There are external factors outside your control – do not focus on them. Train your entire focus on the elements you CAN control.
- Maintain physical task list: A physical task list sounds boring but it is extremely effective. Every morning, note down realistic targets for the day and cross them off as you finish them. If a target has not been achieved, jot down why it wasn’t accomplished. Perhaps you had a sudden talk with a parent, or an urgent staff meeting. Additionally, break large tasks in to smaller ones to manage better.
- Say ‘No’: Forget practicing this, just say ‘No’ to unnecessary tasks. Do not take on new tasks if you are already burdened with other tasks. It will only cause more stress and adversely affect your productivity and efficiency.
- Go tech: Speaking of productivity and efficiency, one of the best ways to wrap up stress in one stroke is to use a technology like an online school management system. Think of it as your personal assistant as it streamlines all your tasks and manages them automatically. Mark attendance digitally, send automatic reminders, updates and messages to parents, eliminate communication errors, and ensure timely sharing of homework, syllabus, and time-tables with students. Tasks that would normally take hours out of your schedule are completed within seconds!
So teachers, say goodbye to stress. Unburden yourself from them through the above methods and focus on your real aim – educating students.
Do you have any favourite stress busting techniques? How do you combat stress?