"Teacher stress levels skyrocketed as they pivoted to teaching online, in socially distanced classrooms, or both at the same time. They desperately tried to engage students who were checked out or who only appeared as a black box on Zoom. Teachers are also tasked both with catching students up academically and attending to their trauma and social-emotional needs.” More…https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/teachers-are-not-ok-even-though-we-need-them-to-be/2021/09
“Teacher stress is linked to poor teacher performance and poor student outcomes. Teacher turnover leads to instability and lower effectiveness in U.S. schools. Elementary school teachers who have greater stress and show more symptoms of depression create classroom environments that are less conducive to learning.” Teacher Stress and Health, Pennsylvania State University, 2017
The detrimental impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on students’ writing proficiency has created another variable to teacher anxiety. Now, more than ever, it’s time to alleviate the stress of prepping lessons, remediating instruction, and grading papers. Now, more than ever, it’s time to support teachers and students with Writing by Design.