WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Almost half of 1,200 teachers surveyed or 47%, thought of changing jobs, retiring, going on a leave of absence for 2020
- Confidence level for those preparing for remote instruction is only 31%
- To resemble normalcy, teachers have been giving distance learning lessons, social and emotional learning, and developed a virtual classroom culture.
The coronavirus pandemic has the world spinning. Everything is at a halt and countries are reeling from the changes. In the US, schools have opened, abruptly closed, reopened, leaving teachers uncertain and trying to figure out how to effectively educate students.
Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency medicine physician and director of Global Health and Emergency Medicine at Columbia University said, “The most important thing is that we need control in our communities…Anywhere there’s virus circulating, where you have test positivity above 3% or 5%, as we’re seeing in a lot of places in this country, it’s going to be really hard to keep schools open.”
With these challenges in safety for both students and teachers, an online survey by Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) reveals that 57% of the teachers who are preparing for in-person instruction for children felt most confident while 38% who will still use the current district’s learning model felt that they could give effective instruction. The survey involved 1, 200 teachers from Pre-K to Grade 12.
On the other hand, those who are preparing for remote instruction only had 31% confidence level. Those who will be implementing or preparing for hybrid instruction, had the lowest confidence level at 26%.
The survey also shows that 47% of the teachers have considered changing careers, teaching a pod, retiring, taking a leave of absence; 32% have low-morale, while 24% had high morale as they welcome a return to normalcy.
Even before the pandemic, the teachers have been overworked and underpaid and yet they are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy for their students amid the pandemic. 58% have given distance learning lessons, 38% developed a classroom culture online (38%), and 38% through social and emotional learning (SEL).
The abrupt closings and the changing schedule of re-openings have largely affected the rural and suburban communities. In Georgia’s Cherokee County School District alone, 1,200 teachers and students are under quarantine because of the pandemic.
The country’s largest public school districts like Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles have not been impacted that much as they have stayed virtual throughout 2020.
6 million teachers or 85% of teachers buy, use, and share TpT’s activities, lesson plans, and learning menus for online teaching.