A lot of the discussion, and rightly so, has been about the effect of school closures on students. Education, as they know it, stopped from one day to the next. But what about teachers? Just as students are new to distance learning, most teachers are also novices in being distance coaches. We look at the pressure placed on teachers, the absence of training on distance learning in the past for teachers, the sorts of skills needed, the new tools and ways of coping teachers are now being plied with – but, first of all, the need to support the teaching workforce during these times of uncertainty.
Teachers need support during this crisis
Teachers have gone from fearing for their health, as schools continued during the pandemic, to fearing for their jobs in some contexts. Many in the United States fear that their pay rises are in jeopardy, for instance.