Support them now before it's too late
The first years of being a classroom teacher can be filled with anxiety and stress. If you entered the job without a full understanding of the scope of daily tasks and additional responsibilities, it can be a constant challenge. Many will say, ‘It takes a while to get comfortable. You just have to experience it.’
Is ‘experiencing it’ the best way to support and develop new and struggling educators? We HAVE to do better than ‘trial by fire.‘
Why? It is reported that almost 20% of teachers leave their jobs within the first three years and 50% are reported to leave the field within the first 5 years of teaching. Teachers are not sticking around long enough to experience that comfort or feeling of success.
On average, educators spend tens of thousands of dollars and many years preparing for this career. Of the educators surveyed in the 2018 Personalized Professional Learning Survey, 74% of educators went into teaching to make an impact in the lives of children. If there is a chronic feeling that what is happening each day is not impactful or making a difference, new educators may hit the road much sooner than hoped and expected.
The effects of the loss of teachers are not only devasting to that teacher, the ripple effect is quite large. Studies show low teacher retention rates result in poor student achievement and negative school climate.