While teaching is an extremely rewarding career, we all have our struggles from time to time. Teachers want the best for each child that walks into their classroom. Trying to take care of the needs of 25+ students on a daily basis isn’t easy. At Have Fun Teaching, it is our mission to make teaching more fun for you. Here are 7 struggles many teachers face and how you can overcome them.
#1: Financial Struggles
In today’s classrooms, a percentage of the supplies are paid for out of the pockets of teachers. Many schools do not have the budget to buy every supply needed to benefit each student. This can be extremely stressful for teachers. We don’t want any child to go without, so we head to the nearest supply store to purchase supplies needed to provide a well-rounded education for our students. Because of this, some teachers get a second job on weekends. At Have Fun Teaching, we provide you with many tools that will help you cut down on your own classroom expenses.
#2: Time Struggles
Finding the time to get everything done is a struggle in many careers, especially teaching. Prepping lessons can be extremely time-consuming. Grading tests and homework often follows us home. Teaching should be fun, not something that drains all of our time. Our No-Prep bundles are perfect for giving you more time to enjoy your job.
#3: Struggling with Negativity
Unfortunately, there are some teachers that find it difficult to maintain a positive attitude. When you work with negative people, it is hard to remain positive yourself. In order to maintain your optimism within your job, find ways to help your negative coworkers be positive. If they have taught for many years and are getting bored with the routine, help make it fun. Encourage your coworkers regularly and let them know you are thankful for them.
#4: Struggling with Parent Involvement
It is very important for parents to be involved in their child’s education. However, many parents struggle to make it to all (if any) parent meetings or events. Transportation, a lack of child care, and jobs are a few things that keep parents from participating in these events. Teachers should advocate for their children and find different ways to interact with parents. If a parent is unable to make it to a meeting, find a way that you can communicate with them. Look back at our previous blog about Parental Involvement to learn other ways you can keep parents more involved in your . classroom.
#5: Classroom Management
Because every child is different, there are many different behaviors displayed in the classroom. A punishment or disciplinary action that works well with one student may not work with another. It is our job as the teacher to be aware of each student and how we can guide them to the appropriate behavior. Make your expectations clear within the first few weeks of school to help alleviate some of the problems. Provide incentives for doing the right thing to encourage children to continue in their good behavior. You can find some great behavior management tools on our website!
Leave us a comment on our Facebook page and let us know what you struggle with most as a teacher. We would also like to hear your suggestions on how to overcome some of these struggles as well!
Despite the difficulties you face in your classroom, we are so proud of the work you do every day. We know how much you sacrifice for your children, and we could not be more thankful. You are very valuable to your community, and we thank you.