Why Are Teachers Leaving the Force and What Should We Do to Help?

22-Feb-2022 21:18:33 | EdTech Why Are Teachers Leaving the Force and What Should We Do to Help?

Resignation numbers are at an all-time high. In education, teachers are no exception. What should we do to support educators and help them stay in the force?

The pandemic has brought along many things, one of which being 'The Great Resignation'. As people started spending more time at home with their loved ones and diving deeper within themselves, many have realised they are not satisfied with their jobs.

Millions of people worldwide across industries have quit their jobs, with the resignation numbers in America hitting an all-time high in November 2021.

When it comes to education, teachers are no exception.

It is worrying to see teachers leave the force because they are the backbone of our society and they ensure the education of the next generation.

Whether it is because of mental exhaustion, physical exhaustion, a lack of resources, or low salary, the number of teachers in the force are steadily and scarily declining.

So, what should we do to support educators and help them stay in the force? Here are some changes you can make today.

Why Are Teachers Leaving the Force and What Should We Do to Help?

1. Give educators mental and emotional support resources

One of the biggest problems educators face is the mental toil from teaching. With increased workloads, expectations to perform well, and the responsibility to educate students, calling it a stressful job is an understatement.

There is a lack of mental health awareness and support in many industries including the education sector, and it’s up to you to change it.

Make mental health resources like counselling, group discussions, and suggestion meetings available, or promote healthier habits like proper sleep and buddy systems.

2. Ensure educators aren’t overwhelmed with work

Having an overflowing plate is only fun when you’re at a buffet. When it comes to work, it’s important to ensure educators’ plates aren’t too full.

By spacing out their workloads, they will be better able to educate learners, and will actually have the energy to follow through.

Proper planning of the learning year, semesters, curriculum, and modules will help teachers to divide and conquer.

3. Equip your classroom experience with digital tools and/or an AI assistant

Sometimes, you don’t have to streamline the workload itself, but the methods used.

This is where fresh ideas and digital tools come into play.

By equipping educators with tools for work, you create opportunities and resources that allow them to connect with students on a deeper level.

If educators still need more hands or your institution, consider introducing an AI assistant to your classroom.

AI assistants take a huge load off educators as they are able to:

  • Manage routine tasks like grading of quizzes and assessments
  • Provide teachers with significant insights on students and student needs
  • Autonomously generate new lessons using ingested content
  • Provide tutoring systems for students who require additional information or attention

The takeaway

You’ve probably heard or even said this before: “Teaching isn’t an easy job.” While that’s true, are you taking intentional steps to make a positive impact, especially in our current situation?

If you need further help with making your teaching and learning platform more efficient with AI, contact us here to find out more about Walter, Noodle Factory’s very own AI assistant.

Carissa Wong

Written By: Carissa Wong

Meet Carissa. She regularly writes for Noodle Factory, covering a breadth of EdTech, AI and technology topics. You'll often find her underwater, on a yoga mat, or in a new restaurant. Contact her at carissawyh99@yahoo.com.