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Teaching Profession Can Teachers 'Quiet Quit?'
Educators talk about setting boundaries around what they are willing to do for work.
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 5, 2022
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Patrick Jiner walks back to his classroom on April 13, 2022 at Lake Middle School in Denver.
Patrick Jiner, a math teacher at Lake Middle School in Denver, has long work days that start two hours before he teaches his first class and often extend deep into the evenings before he goes to bed.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center What a Typical Teacher's Day Actually Looks Like
The daily duties of the job extend way beyond teaching students.
Ileana Najarro & Hyon-Young Kim, April 14, 2022
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Patrick Jiner, a seventh grade math teacher at Lake Middle School in Denver, passes out notebooks to his students on April 13, 2022.
Patrick Jiner teaches 7th grade math at Lake Middle School in Denver, where he logs many extra hours in the evenings and on weekends to plan lessons and respond to parents.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Here's How Many Hours a Week Teachers Work
Just under half that time is devoted to directly teaching students, new survey results show.
Ileana Najarro, April 14, 2022
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LéAnn Cassidy, 57, sits in her middle school classroom in Connecticut. The 2018 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year and 2018 finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year, has been a classroom teacher for 34 years, but is considering retiring early.
LéAnn Cassidy, 57, sits in her middle school classroom in Connecticut. The 2018 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year and 2018 finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year has been a classroom teacher for 34 years, but is considering retiring early.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Teacher Job Satisfaction Hits an All-Time Low
Just 12 percent of U.S. teachers are very satisfied with their jobs, a new survey finds.
Madeline Will, April 14, 2022
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center A Profession in Crisis: Findings From a National Teacher Survey
The first annual Merrimack College Teacher Survey of the nation’s K-12 educators reveals stark declines in teacher morale in the past decade.
Holly Kurtz, April 14, 2022
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Teaching Profession Why Exactly Do We Ask Teachers to Love Their Students? Educators Weigh In
Should love be at the center of student-teacher relationships? Education Week’s social media followers weigh in.
Marina Whiteleather, March 14, 2022
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Teaching Profession Video VIDEO: One Teacher Says Teaching Is a Profession, Not a ‘Work of Heart’
Jherine Wilkerson, an 8th grade English/language arts teacher in Peachtree City, Ga., recently penned an essay for Education Week titled, “I Don’t Have to Love My Students to Be a Good Teacher.”
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Teaching Profession Q&A Why One Teacher Hates the Phrase 'Teaching Is a Calling'
EdWeek spoke to Jherine Wilkerson, who wrote a popular and provocative essay about not needing to love her students to be a good teacher.
Madeline Will, March 10, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion I Don't Have to Love My Students to Be a Good Teacher
Treat teachers like the professionals we are rather than expecting endless and selfless sacrifice, writes one educator.
Jherine Wilkerson, March 4, 2022
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Teaching Profession Teachers Are Already Squeezed for Time. The Pandemic Has Made It Worse
Nearly 7 of every 10 educators surveyed said “having more time to plan or catch up on work” is “very important.”
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 15, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Educators, It's Time to 'Declutter' Your Practice
Teaching people how to breathe is used to alleviate issues in school. Breathing is the start, but decluttering should be the next step.
Peter DeWitt, September 30, 2021
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Teaching Profession Reported Essay Teachers Are Not OK, Even Though We Need Them to Be
The pandemic has put teachers through the wringer. Administrators must think about staff well-being differently.
Madeline Will, September 14, 2021
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Teaching The Best Advice for New Teachers, in 5 Words or Less
We asked experienced educators to share their best tips for new teachers. Here’s what they said.
Hayley Hardison, August 18, 2021
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School & District Management Principals and Stress: Strategies for Coping in Difficult Times
Running schools in the pandemic has strained leaders in unprecedented ways. Principals share their ideas for how to manage the stress.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 11, 2021
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