Just yesterday, FuelEd received a disheartening email from a teacher. It read: “My fellow teacher residents and I are going through deep strife and depression right now and I’m holding a healing session tomorrow evening. Any meditative or healing resources you can share? Anything will do!”
This teacher is surely not alone. More than we realize, teachers experience “deep strife and depression” as a result of the multitude of pressures placed on them. In addition to instructional responsibilities, teachers oftentimes where many relational roles too – they are oftentimes parents mentor, counselor-figures to their students.
We tweeted this teachers’ plea and, as a result, Anthony Cody – an educator, writer, and public speaker on Ed Week, has written a follow up article entitled “How can Teachers Overcome Depression and Strife.” This article and the work of FuelEd sound the alarm: we must provide a new kind of support to teachers, if we ever hope to keep them in the classroom, where they want to be. Please take a moment to read the article, and share it with friends and colleagues to support teachers today.