A career in education can be challenging, so too is keeping educators’ wellbeing in check. This is particularly true for frontline educators teaching an increasingly diverse range of content to an even more diverse range of students.
Educators continually have high expectations placed on them, by leadership, parents, students and particularly by themselves. More reporting and documentation needs to be in place and in many cases teachers are doing more than they ever have, but with much less resources.
Teachers also need to know the unique abilities, needs and pressures of each student while still delivering on an evolving curriculum. All this while they should be aware that their own wellbeing and performance is closely linked to that of their students and the wider school community.
No question, it’s a stressful job and part of that stress is the expectation that teachers be monitors of student behaviour and wellbeing, both in the classroom and the wider environment.
Technology is one element of the classroom environment that can both increase and decrease the stress levels. Appropriate access to, and control of, technology in and out of the classroom enables educators to decrease workload and stress. While the same technology can be a cause of stress simply through lack of access to it. Likewise in the classroom it can be a stress-inducing factor if technology is being used for purposes other than intended by students.
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