The pandemic has had a severe affect on people around the world and it has made work particularly difficult for a range of industries. One sector that has been affected particularly hard is education. Schools, colleges, and universities are closed in many areas and students are at home trying to figure out their new online learning schedule. While this is almost definitely challenging for students and parents, the increased workload placed on teachers, continues to grow.
Many teachers are still grasping the fact that online classes could be here to stay, while others are concerned that in-person classes could happen too soon. This has caused a lot of stress and anxiety among the teaching community which makes it more important than ever, to support one another during the pandemic.
With that being said, we are going to take a look at some ways that you can support your teaching colleagues during COVID-19:
Control The Controllable During COVID-19
There are many things that we can’t control right now, so we should focus on the things that we can. By helping your colleagues focus on the things within their reach and prioritising the ones that are healthy and productive, we can ensure a healthier state of mind for all of us.
Take Time For Self-Care
During a pandemic, self-care is important, and it is a message that we need to share with our colleagues. Teachers are often selfless beings and they focus their attention on their students more than themselves. However, if teachers aren’t in the right state of mind, they will find it more difficult to teach their students effectively and make sure that their needs are being met. Remind your colleagues to take a break and give their minds and bodies some time to recuperate.
The typical chatter over coffee in the teacher’s lounge may be over, but that doesn’t mean that teachers can’t share virtual coffee breaks between class sessions. Communication between colleagues is important, especially since many teachers feel alone, teaching students from a computer screen in their living room. Make sure you stay connected with your teaching colleagues. Often, talking to someone in the same position as you, helps unease the mental burden.
Even if you feel as though you are doing well, sometimes when we help others, we often forget about ourselves. If you are feeling overly stressed or anxious, reach out to your colleagues and give them the chance to help. Feeling needed by your colleagues can help boost confidence and reduce anxiety- but talking things through with a like-minded individual, can definitely help take some weight off your shoulders.
Contact Tempest Resourcing
To learn more ways that you can support your teaching colleagues in times of COVID-19, contact Tempest Resourcing today and speak with a job recruitment specialist who can answer any questions you might have.
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