Teacher WorkloadJuggling the increasing demands of the job
In 2005, ETFO surveyed members about the amount of time they spend on work-related activities and their attitudes about workload. The study revealed that full-time public elementary teachers work, on average, 53 hours per week. Over 27 of those hours are spent on non-classroom duties such as preparing for classes, marking, working with individual students, supervising students, attending meetings, completing paperwork and contacting parents. The survey also found that almost all teachers feel overworked, and report that work-related demands have had a negative impact on their personal lives and on their health.
Sadly, this information is not surprising. New Ministry and board initiatives are being downloaded on teachers at a fast rate. EQAO, CASI, DRA, web-based reporting are just a few of the initiatives designed to improve student learning.
How does one juggle the increasing demands of the job and remain healthy and happy at the same time?
If teachers do not look for ways to balance work life and personal wellness, we will continue to witness increasing levels of teacher burnout, and stress. As well, we will witness teachers leaving the profession due to job dissatisfaction and other factors.
How and when to say NO!
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