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From elementary school to high school, happiness is positively correlated with motivation and academic achievement. In addition, the study found that the culture of the school and the relationships that students form with their teachers and their peers play an influential role in student happiness.
Reading this article by Alison Gopnik in The Wall Street Journal requires a subscription. It describes a study that clearly showed the effects of using language about "doing science" rather than "becoming a scientist." The phrase “doing science” encouraged more young people, especially girls and minorities, to see themselves as capable of doing science and keeping them interested in the field.
"There has been an ongoing effort in recent years by some school districts and organizations to create opportunities for STEM learning both inside and outside of the classroom, with equity and access at the forefront of the conversation."
"A new study finds one key to promoting STEM education, and to making students feel capable of working on STEM subjects outside of the classroom, is to find ways to make classrooms feel more inclusive."
Educators must put on their oxygen masks first to help students learn and grow. More specifically, we must develop our own social and emotional competencies before attempting to help students build their own.
The educator profession is in crisis as many teachers and administrators are leaving the field due to challenges including pandemic concerns, low pay, legislative requirements about how and what to teach, school shootings, feeling unappreciated and disregarded, etc. Speaks to the need to invest more in education, specifically teachers. In addition, “financial support, community support, mentorships and apprenticeships will be critical in drawing in more educators of color, which could inspire more young students to enter the field.”
States and districts have a finite amount of money for educators, and often not enough to meet the needs of schools. Given these constraints, can states get creative about compensating teachers?
The Teacher Salary Project Is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness around the impact of underpaying and under-valuing educators. They are committed to ensuring teaching becomes the prestigious, desirable, financially viable, and professionally exciting job it needs to be. Click below to lean more about their feature film, American Teacher.
“There is nothing more important to a school than creating a model of compensation that will improve teaching.” The National Association of Independent Schools encourages schools to pursue this type of innovation.
Teachers and principals are burned out - what are we going to do about it? We need to address the issues contributing to and perpetuating the stress, including the system and culture in schools.
Teachers are leaving the field for various reasons, including COVID-19, high-stress levels, lack of support, low compensation, and burnout. Increasing retention means taking a serious look at these factors, and the time is now. This article focuses on what schools can do to improve teacher retention and how teachers can improve teacher retention by supporting their colleagues.
“This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explains how protective factors in a child’s social environment and body interact to produce resilience, and discusses strategies that promote healthy development in the face of trauma.”