It seems more and more evident that the demands of teaching are causing teachers to want to leave the profession. The profession they were once so passionate about is causing increased stress and anxiety leading to burnout.
Teachers are hard to replace and younger teachers are not entering the workforce like they once were, causing the pool of eligible teachers to shrink. It causes a ripple effect, making it harder on administrations, support staff, and the district as a whole.
Do you see how this spirals into a crisis?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, more than 270,000 teachers are expected to leave the profession each year. And these are figures from 2018! Imagine what those numbers look like now.
Educators are seeing increased class sizes because of the teacher shortage which hampers their ability to be present in student learning. They are now just managing a classroom to get through the day.
We have to start looking at our way of work in the post-COVID era. How can we best support teachers moving forward? How do we ensure that we have quality instructors at every level of education ready to serve?