Is teaching the least-stressful job? You think so? Well, I would say no profession can evade the stress hormones. The stress of a 21st-century teacher is much equivalent to what an IT professional has. Perhaps, teaching has not always been this stressful, but now things are changed.
Handling hyper-active students, addressing their queries, and collecting resources beyond Wikipedia and top results of Google, and connecting them suitably to enrich their syllabus, is quite challenging. If truth be told, you are more likely to suffer from panic attacks often than other professionals.
Reason? Unlike other professionals who meet the deadlines once or twice a month, you have to face the obstacles every day of your work-life. Illustrating the distress you encounter in your community and among students is quite hard, I know. However, if you can reflect on what is bothering you, I’m pretty sure you can live a stress-free life.
Three things that occurred to my mind are the stress of updating, fear of embarrassment, and the chance of getting an “all pass.” Firstly, let me remind you, students take up your classes to upgrade themselves. So, it’s quite evident that you have to expand your horizon and keep yourself updated in your domain.
But, I know that is easier said than done. Well, in the fast-paced world, no matter what occupation you’re into, you must never stop learning. But we never get sufficient time to upgrade ourselves. Planning out the days, reviewing the projects, mentoring the kids, PTA meetups, oh, and the list is endless.
But, as the saying goes, if there is a will, there is a way! So, it’s not necessary to visit the libraries always to gain knowledge. Especially when you have smart gadgets, you don’t need to put much effort! Just listen to the podcasts or scroll a few articles when you are on the way to school and college.
Secondly, the fear of embarrassment with kids is inevitable stress for teachers, and honestly, I know how humiliating it would be when we become impotent. But, hey, come on, if your students could shoot brilliant and right questions, then you probably must feel proud of the confidence you had instilled in them.
Not all get the courage to question their teachers. So, why not see the bright side and learn together with children. Speaking of which, I want to ask one thing. When we adults are prone to embarrassments, how can we embarrass children by comparing them with top graders or their dearest friends?
Expecting an “all-pass” and A grades is your deadly mistake. We cannot force children to love what they don’t like. It’s okay; let them choose what interests them, and if they fail to score the minimum marks, give them the strength and empathize with them. Mastering what they know a little is better than forcefully feeding what they can never understand. Right?
If you are a teacher, pat yourself now. You’re doing a great job! Make time for yourself, spend time with colleagues, and share what’s in your mind, and most importantly, learn how not to complicate things with children.